That’s why I advise people to take time to heal and recuperate by following the “1/2 Rule”: Divide the length of your last relationship by two.
Young children can especially become very confused if they are continually meeting new girlfriends and getting attached to different people, only to see them come and go when the relationship ends.
Use your best judgment and make sure that the relationship has a real, solid future before introducing your new partner to your kids. Always talk about your ex and other women respectfully.
Many fathers find that they have to reestablish their relationships with their children after the divorce.
You have to find a way to navigate not only your children’s feeling about the divorce (which could range from fear to hurt to rage), but you will also have to find a way to parent them as a single dad.
To that end, make sure that you keep your dating to nights when you don’t have the kids, so that they won’t be hurt or feel left out when they find out you have a date on the night they are staying with you.
As you can see, dating as a single dad comes with a whole host of considerations that don’t exist for those without children.
Perhaps you might learn that you need to have more patience or practice better communication.
Or maybe you might notice that you routinely choose the same type of woman (such as always going for the ‘bad girl’) and that it is time for you to make a change in order to experience better results.
So, if you dated someone for two years, you should wait a year before settling down again.