Experts weigh in on when parents should introduce kids to a new significant other

Relationship experts also weigh in on other topics related to single moms and dads getting back into the dating game.
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Now to day two of our series parent's night out helping single moms and dads get back in the dating game. This morning we're bringing in the dream team to help. Psychologist Dr. Jazmine Mccoy who is breaking down how relationships affect the licensed therapist Dr. Courtney Tracy with relationship advice for the parent and love coach SHAWN galanos. Our first message from keyona, single parent of a 4-year-old. My question is when you first start dating someone, what sorts of questions should I be asking before the first date or when we first start dating? Great question and Jazmine, you're known as the mom psychologist. What is your advice. Yes, so important to take your time and get to know the person that you're dating to make sure that they're a good fit for you and your family. Before you think about introducing them to your children, try to get a sense of how do they feel about committing to somebody with children? What is their approach to discipline? What are their values and their you're also wanting to get a sense of their family background, childhood experiences as well as their future goals. Where do they see themselves in the next five, 10, 20 years. Courtney, you're known as the truth doctor. What are your tips? I think it's really important that initially you ask both yourself and your partner what type of relationship you're looking for. Are you looking for a casual relationship or a long-term relationship? If it's a long-term relationship, then you have to ask yourself and your partner, potential partner about their readiness for children or about their relationship with their own children and how do they do under pressure and during conflict? Because in any family unit both of those situations are bound to happen and finally what does love mean to that person? This time around both you and your partner deserve the type of love you're looking for. Great advice for you both. Our next question from Michele from Minnesota, a mother of two and she wants to know when it's a good time to introduce your new significant other to your children and, Shaun, you're a love coach hosting a podcast "The love drive," what you got? I think that no time line is going to be right for everyone but I would look at the first meeting, sort of as a first date. So plan a low pressure outing with a defined end time so something like pizza in the backyard or movie night or a walk around the block with ice cream. The goal is to get everyone to just get to know each other and have a little bit of fun, nothing more, right? All relationships are built slowly over time and that includes the connection between your kids and your new love interest. That is true. Jazmine, what's your advice? Yeah, like Shaun said it's so important to take your time and make sure you're in a series long-term committed relationship before making those introductions. Now, the time frame will look different for every family. I would say wait at least 6 to 12 month, the reason, children through when there's predictability in their environment. If the relationship doesn't work out they're going to go through the similar breakup process which can be hard for children. You know, thank you three. I wish we had more time. We have so many more questions to ask that we need answers to, thank you so much for your answer, really appreciate your advice and tune in Friday for day three of parent's night out

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