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Scripture warns believers to "guard your heart" (Proverbs ).
For the single parent, this means that you will have to do some "guarding" for your children by not involving them with your suitors too soon in a relationship.
She was ready to date and had taken time to seek God and heal after her divorce three years earlier.
Some people hold off until engagement before introducing their significant other to their kids.
(Granted, this can create other complications because you want to know how your children will respond to a potential mate prior to engagement.) Bryan, a single father of three, always meets his dates on neutral ground with his children, such as at a church picnic or at movie theatre with friends.
And as with any loss, big or small, time is needed to grieve and to reassess who you are, where you've been and where God wants you to go.
Healing is also necessary to follow God's command to" do unto others what you would have them do unto you," (Matthew ).
She suggested that he develop relationships with other Christian men for support, rather than seek out women for emotional comfort. And, until he heals, he won't be able to relax and commit his entire heart to his new partner the way God intends.
To begin healing, you'll want to seek counsel from committed Christians who are willing to walk through the grief process with you.
He never introduces his date as his girlfriend, but a friend.
This spares his children from the complicated emotions that will inevitably come with adjusting to a new stepparent prematurely.
Not only does going slow give you time to heal, but it also helps you better assess those you date.