New relationship - advice on meeting her child for the first time?
December 3, 2013 1:14 PM Subscribe
Never had children of my own - how do I handle meeting a new partner's child for the first time?
posted by de void to Human Relations (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So I'm in a new relationship that I'm very excited about. We're both in our early 40's. I was raised as an only child, I've never had a child of my own or had a previous relationship where my partner had a child. I haven't spent much time around young children at all.
She is previously married and has a 5 year old daughter from the marriage. She has invited me this weekend to spend a day with her and her daughter. I think the day was already planned as a "mother and daughter time" day and I'm a recent addition to the day.
I know this is a big deal for her and I'm honored that she thinks highly enough of me to introduce me to her child.
Any advice on how to handle the day with grace and good etiquette? Do's and/or don'ts? Single parents, what have been your good/bad experiences when introducing a new partner to your child(ren)?