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Who says romance is just a young person’s game? Discovering love later in life is a wonderful and exciting experience, whether you met through www.eharmony.com.au or through a hobby — but how will your relatives respond?
Introducing a new partner to your children and grandchildren requires tact, sensitivity and patience. But at the end of the day, remember that the people closest to you should be supportive of your newfound happiness.
So, if you’re planning on bringing your partner home to meet the grandkids, here are some tips on how to make the process as smooth and comfortable as possible.
It’s important to realise that your grandchildren may be upset or confused to know that you have a new partner. This is especially common for younger children, or for those who remember the presence of a previous partner.
For adult children it’s important to realise that a lot of their reluctance will stem from feeling protective. They may perceive a new partner as competition for your time, or worry the new person is trying to assume the role of their much-loved former grandparent.
These are all common concerns — so be sensitive and give the process plenty of time.
Make it fun
First impressions do count, so make sure your first introduction is a memorable one, for all the right reasons.
Try and think of a fun and enjoyable activity that provides plenty of opportunity for your grandkids to interact with your partner. Try and plan a day out where they can get to know each other and experience the best bits of each other’s personalities.
Is it serious?
Bringing a new partner home can be a confusing and potentially disruptive experience for your grandchildren. For this reason it’s important that you make sure your new relationship is serious and committed before introducing them. For older grandchildren this will help to avoid any confusion and upset, while for younger children it will prevent any feelings of detachment and later loss.
Are they the right person?
New romance is exciting and that heart-racing sensation can make you feel like a real teenager again. But just because a new partner is working wonders for your self-esteem, it doesn’t mean they are a right for your grandkids.
It’s important to make sure your partner is the kind of person you want to introduce into your grandchildren’s lives. Do they have any bad habits? Are they a good influence or role model to have around?
If you can’t confidently answer these questions, then perhaps they aren’t truly the right person for you. Remember that just because you’re searching for love later in life, it doesn’t mean you should settle for second best.
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