Your Baby & Toddler - - TALKING POINT -

The first meet­ing be­tween your new beau and your child, and the way you han­dle it, can be a deal­breaker. Al­ways pre­pare your child for the meet­ing – do not sur­prise her with your new part­ner, ad­vises Sinette: “If you told them be­fore you are meet­ing with friends from time to time, you could begin talk­ing about a spe­cific per­son. Once you have done the foun­da­tion work and you are feel­ing safe and se­cure in the re­la­tion­ship, you could then ar­range for them to meet.”

“Do not try an ac­ci­den­tal bump­ing into the part­ner at the park or beach; chil­dren will see through it,” she cau­tions. “Warn them be­fore­hand they are go­ing to meet him and make the meet­ing in­for­mal and brief. If it went well a next meet­ing could be slightly longer.”

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