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Keep the Kids on the Sidelines -- For Now

You don’t need to completely conceal your dating life from your kids, but they don’t need front row seats, either. Meeting a new man every Saturday night -- or discovering a different guy sacked out in Mom’s bed on Sunday mornings -- is confusing to young kids. They can’t make out how these guys fit into their lives, and it sends the wrong message about relationships and commitment to teens who are just starting to experiment with their own sexuality, says Honaman. “Even when I was dating my new husband, he didn’t meet my kids -- then 7 and 9 -- for months, because I only wanted them to meet someone who was important to me, not just the guy I was dating that week. When a man is going to be a steady presence in your life, then you can introduce him to your children as a `new friend,’ which is a concept kids can understand.”

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