Dating affects children

Children and Domestic Violence: How Does Domestic Violence Affect Children?(PDF - 2,660 KB) Futures Without Violence & The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2014) Discusses the factors that influence children’s reactions to domestic violence.She is a therapist, credentialed teacher and qualified child custody evaluator.

It is no doubt that a child might view mom or dad's dating as intrusive, competitive and destructive. Assure him or her that a new person in your life does not replace his or her other parent. Dating and marriage does not mean that your relationship with your child will be a lower priority, spend as much time with your child as you can.

This new person is your companion, but you will always be you for your kid. Clair, MS, MFT, is a Marriage, Family and Child Counselor with over thirty years experience working with families and children.

Parents who have successfully incorporated a mate have managed by listening to their child when s/he expresses concerns or fears about their changing world.

They are observant and watch their child's behavior.

When Mom has a boyfriend and Dad's remarried, parents must stay focused on the needs of their child.

Bringing a new person into the family can threaten the child's sense of security and belonging.

Successful parents realize that kids love their parents, married or not.

When divorce rips the child's world apart, the fear of abandonment becomes a reality.

Others feel socially isolated, unable to make friends as easily due to social discomfort or confusion over what is acceptable.

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