Look at me dating
It takes anywhere from 1-3 years for individuals to emotionally recover from divorce.
In a perfect child-focused world, parents would refrain from dating until they are emotionally ready.
This roller coaster ride is hard enough for adults. The other side of this is that children are often not all that nice to people their parents are dating.
And why would you want to expose your new friend to that?
Just as you like to spend time with your special friends, I also want some time to be with my friends."With pre-teens and young teens (11-14) you can broach the topic of dating after the divorce. I'm wondering how you feel about me starting to date." Note: This does not mean that you are asking your child's permission to date. You are simply initiating discussion that is likely to be ongoing.
This is a good time to reassure your child that even though you are beginning to go out on dates, you will still always reserve time for just the two of you.
Regarding Your Co-Parent Do I have to tell my co-parent when I am dating?