With the US divorce rate still lingering around 50% for first marriages, many children have experienced their parents’ divorce by the time they are eighteen.
And most adults are out and dating again within a year after their divorce, sometimes dating several partners before remarriage.
In one study conducted at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, social psychologist Jerald G. D., found that nearly 50 percent of 18-year-olds go out at least once a week, compared with only approximately 25 percent of 32-year-olds.
“No matter their ages, explain (to your children) why you’re dating and that no one will ever replace the other parent,” says Dr.
Terri Orbuch, professor at Oakland University, research professor at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and a family therapist.
A child’s usual reaction to mom or dad’s first date is a negative one.
Rushing into dating after a divorce threatens a child’s world.
And the pool of single men looked more like a droplet compared with the ocean available to her during her younger years. Census Bureau, approximately nine in 10 people will marry, but about one half of first marriages end in divorce.
Yolanda may have felt alone on the playing field, but she was far from it. The number of women living alone has doubled to 14.6 million, and the number has nearly tripled for men, jumping from 3.5 million to 10.3 million.
Recently divorced, she was overwhelmed by the mere thought of dating again.
Yolanda's self-esteem was so damaged by her tumultuous breakup that she worried about her ability to start a new relationship, not to mention her rusty dating skills.
While there have been several studies on divorce, remarriage and step-parenting, very few exist for the courtship period parents go through before remarriage.