Dating and new relationships can be complicated, but appropriately integrating children into a new relationship is even more of a challenge. From what I have observed, most people introduce the children to their dating partners far too soon after the new relationship begins.
Whether this is because a primary parent does not have sufficient free time to date when the children are with the other parent, or it occurs because of the loneliness that many of us feel as single parents, kids usually get involved with their parents’ new partners way too soon.
Children bond easily, and may fantasize that the parent will marry the new partner.
After all, this is the model of relationship that the child knew before the divorce.
One of the biggest risks of introducing a new partner too early is that the relationship will end and the child will experience another loss.