Most of the evidence suggests doing otherwise, especially if the child is over the age of 6.
Parents figured that a new adult in the home would help them put some much needed distance between the family and the last romantic partner who was there, whether that person was the children’s biological parent or not.
Kids, Hadfield says, may actually mistrust the new partner more if they feel like he or she was the reason their parent lied.
As if that’s not complicated enough, parents are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.
The problem, of course, is what to do after the relationship breaks up?
While most parents tend to cut off ties with their former lovers, it’s seldom that simple for the kids.
The fact is, kids don’t really want to meet all those new partners, even if they say they do.