Specifically, single mothers’ dating behaviors directly influenced their son’s sexual behaviors, and indirectly influenced their daughter’s sexual behaviors by affecting her attitudes on sex.
Parents should talk about appropriate behavior for adults and adolescents before either side starts an intimate relationship.
Introduce the new partner as a “new friend” and not the new “love of my life.” Sensitivity Counts.
Children may have more trouble adjusting to their fathers’ dating relationships than their mother’s.
Remember that meeting a new partner will bring up many emotions for children. The effects of divorced mothers’ dating behaviors and sexual attitudes on the sexual attitudes and behaviors of their adolescent children. For related content, check out our Divorced Mom’s Guide to Dating site here!
Sticking to neutral turf helps the parent provide the necessary structure children may need while being introduced to new partners.
Your attitudes and behaviors on dating will be a model for your children.
Teenage children are entering a new world of dating behavior that may include sex, and will look to their parents as models of behavior. Research has shown that single parents’- and especially mothers’- attitudes and behaviors on sex and dating influence their children’s attitudes and behaviors.
Ready to take a chance again: Transitions into dating among divorced parents. With the US divorce rate still lingering around 50% for first marriages, many children have experienced their parents’ divorce by the time they are eighteen.