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Children and teens don’t have the cognitive and emotional maturity necessary to understand and cope with adult sexuality.
Plus, they unconsciously observe everything their parents do as guides for how to behave.
You’d be surprised at how many single mothers go on long rants on their dating profiles about how their children already have a father and how they are not looking for a new father, blah, blah, blah.
Trust me, the rest of us have no desire to try to replace your child’s other parent, but when you talk about it so much, it makes us start to wonder.
This said, it is a simple truth of life that if you act differently from the way the majority does, you will be misunderstood by most.As a child psychiatrist, I have treated a large number of children who were harmed by the poor choices their parents made while dating.I also saw parents do quite a few disturbing things while I was recently single and dating, but you don’t have to give up on dating with children; and you don’t have to be a spinster to protect your children if you are smart about it.The best thing to do is to be the child’s friend and then let the child decide what form the relationship will take.Parents sometimes subtly (or not so subtly) try to push the unpleasant parts of parenting, namely the discipline, off on the step-parent.