Children & Change - Introducing a New Partner

Feb 23, 2024
Graphic of a mum introducing her new partner to her son who is not happy

Introducing a new partner to your child, whether it's your own or your ex-partner's new relationship, can be a tough situation to navigate.

Children often feel uneasy about meeting a new partner, especially if it's soon after their parents' separation. This can disrupt their hope of their parents reconciling, and they may not readily accept the new person in their lives.

In cases where one parent has passed away, the child might perceive the new partner as a replacement for their deceased parent, leading to feelings of resentment and triggering renewed grief.

It's essential to remember that just because you've developed feelings for someone new doesn't mean your child will automatically feel the same way. They might feel jealous, displaced, or worried that they're no longer as important to you.

Handling this situation with sensitivity is key. It's crucial to ensure that your child's feelings are acknowledged and respected, creating an environment where they can gradually form a positive relationship with the potential step-parent.

In today's video, I'll be sharing some tips on how to introduce a new partner while being mindful of your child's feelings. I hope you find these tips helpful.

Warmest wishes

Frances x  

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