With news of children being harmed or injured while in the care of a parent's partner, it makes me wonder whether there is a particular point in a relationship when it's okay for a parent to leave their children in the care of their new partner, alone.
According to information provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2012 there were 961,000 one-parent families in the country. And a portion of those single mums and dads will no doubt want to get back on the market at one point or another and give love another red-hot go. But with that comes the balancing act between a child and a new partner and how to allow for their relationship with each other to grow, especially as the relationship becomes serious.
The advice for parents introducing their child or children to a new partner usually goes along the lines of take things slow, don't rush and talk to the children about the situation first. But allowing alone time can also be a must when it comes to developing that bond between a new partner and a child, so when should that occur?
One of my oldest friends was a single mother of two when she met her now-husband, who is also the main stay-at-home carer. Her partner and children developed their bond slowly, but at a certain point in their relationship, they realised that there would be alone time between her new partner and her children, especially as the children began to call him "Dad".
There's a huge element of trust and communication that comes into play when introducing a new person to the family, but allowing them time alone is a whole other level. Here's what to keep in mind if you, too, think it's time for your partner and children to bond alone.
How have you dealt with being a single parent and then welcoming a new partner into your child's life? Share your experiences in the comments section below.
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