How to cope with a parent dating

And when you tell your son that you are going out, emphasize what you're going to do instead of with whom.

Remember, too, to remind your son that he'll be having fun while you're out.

I've asked your favorite babysitter to come to stay with you, and I'm going to order a pizza and rent a video for the two of you to watch." When you return home from your night out, resist the urge to tell your son all about the date you just had. If dating someone eventually leads to a deeper relationship, you can always talk to your new friend about how you would like him to behave when he finally meets your son.

Working Out Your Emotions About Your Mom Dating Talking to Your Mom About Your Feelings Maintaining Your Relationship With Your Mom Community Q&A When your mom starts dating someone new, it can seem weird and gross.

The fact of the matter is, though, that your mom is a human being and desires love and affection just like most other people do.

A: Actually, the best thing for you to do would be to leave your son out of it.

"At age 9, children are most concerned about getting the love, care, and attention that they need," notes Robin Goldstein, a Potomac, MD- based child-development specialist.