Should you bring children on dates with you?

Wendy Walsh, PhD Relationship & Parenting Expert, shares advice for single parents who are dating on whether or not it is a good idea to bring the kids on the date
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Should you bring children on dates with you?

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Dating play day seem to be the new trend among single parents. I can understand. Single parents are strapped for time, strapped for money. They've got kids around them all the time. They're trying to build an adult relationship. Carve out a little adult time for themselves. So doesn't it make sense, you can all just go to the park together, you could do Disneyland together. He brings his kids, you bring yours and you can get your dating at the same time. Wrong! This is a bad idea and I will tell you why. First of all, kids know what's up. They know that you're dressed a little bit better for Disneyland than you normally would. They also see you talking to him and giving all the attention to him instead of them, which actually might make them act up more and make a big problem with the date anyway. So, I think it's important that your carve out the adult time separate from kid time. It's not fair to try to spread yourself too thin among everybody. You'll lose somebody, trust me.

Wendy Walsh, PhD Relationship & Parenting Expert, shares advice for single parents who are dating on whether or not it is a good idea to bring the kids on the date

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Wendy Walsh, PhD

Relationship & Parenting Expert

Dr. Wendy Walsh was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work as co-host on The Dr. Phil spinoff, The Doctors TV show. She also hosts Investigation Discovery Network’s “Happily NEVER After,” as well as being part of Dr. Drew’s Behavior Bureau on HLN Network. On CNN and 9 Network, Australia, she breaks down the psychology of sex, love, gender roles, divorce, parenting and other human behaviors. Dr. Wendy is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at California State University, Channel Islands. She holds a B.A. in Journalism, a Masters degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and is the author of three books and numerous publications, including The 30-Day Love Detox. She appears regularly on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Inside Edition, The Katie Couric Show, Jane Velez-Mitchell, and The View.

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