There’s no set of hard and fast rules, but six months to a year after divorce seems to be a good rule of thumb for getting back into the game. Refer to this list often and modify the list as you go.
This means taking some time off after your divorce to consider you, your needs, and your kids’ needs. It’s going to be tempting to rush headfirst into mad love, but you’re not starring in a cheesy rom-com and now you’re not the only vulnerable one.
I need to take time to make my own friendships, too.” And then sit back and listen to what your kids have to say about you dating. Is your child closed, with folded arms or lack of eye contact, or is she showing vulnerability, hunched over or fidgeting?
If you have your children part time, try to schedule dates for your weekend off.
You can be crazy about your new partner, but that doesn’t mean your children are going to bond with them (at least not right away). Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments.