Dating is also a balancing act for parents trying to stay connected with their teen while looking for new romance, according to the article, “Surviving (Your Child’s) Adolescence,” by psychologist Carl Pickhardt in Psychology Today.
Women may have a bigger challenge bonding with a partner’s kids than men.
I had to be sure he would be in my life in for a long time. I had a pool party with about four adult guests, him being one of them. We did about five more group outings before he came to do things with just me and my two children.
We slowly began doing fun kids things with just the four of us.
He is a lovely man...kind, generous, thoughtful, and I love him dearly.
How can I gently communicate more with him about this?
Have a long talk about expectations, discipline, money, education and anything else you might deal with. You want your children to be happy in this new environment.