- Take some time to yourself.
It's not necessary to distance yourself physically, just take some time to evaluate your new relationship and a possible life with kids.
- Keep an open mind.
Focus on your relationship with your new boyfriend and openly discuss his previous family and his relationship with his kids. Stay open to the possibility of getting to know them.
- Don't make him choose.
The biggest hearts have room for more than one person. You and his kids can both be priorities. Don't make him choose between you or them. Remember, they are his children. If there is something about the situation that makes you uncomfortable, then communicate those issues openly and without confrontation. There may be a compromise waiting to be found.
- Don't push the issue.
His having kids may make you uncomfortable at first, but give him an opportunity to smooth out the situation before it becomes a deal breaker. Let him take the reigns and figure out when and where you will meet them.
- Let them warm up to you.
When the time comes to meet your new partner's kids, keep in mind that they may be extremely uncomfortable, just as you may be. You are a new person in their parent's life and a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty comes along with that. Listen to what they have to say (even if it's an angry vent) and give them an opportunity to get used to you being a part of their lives. Sweeten the deal with a small present or show of good faith, but be careful not to spread the cheese. You don't want to come across as insincere.
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