Age -appropriate conversation
CHILDREN MAY HAVE ANXIETIES THAT THEY FIND HARD TO ARTICULATE. THEY MIGHT BECOME ANGRY, RESENTFUL, WITHDRAWN OR OVERDEPENDENT, ON YOU OR YOUR NEW PARTNER
Your child’s age may be an indicator of the wobbles you may encounter, says parenting expert Anna Giannone:
CHILDREN UNDER 10 are more likely to perceive your new partner as a competitor for your attention. Manage the situation by ensuring your child’s emotional needs are being met.
FOR 10- TO 14-YEAR-OLDS, also dealing with the emotions of adolescence, the reaction may be more emotional. Encourage them to express their feelings, but maintain clear boundaries of acceptable behaviour. Be patient.
AT 16 YEARS AND OLDER, a young adult may withdraw into their own lives. They may be less communicative, but they still need to feel loved. Give them space to work out their own reaction; don’t put pressure on them to accept the new relationship immediately.