How to Deal With Your Ex's New Woman Around Your Kids

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Dating, familyBreakups are cut from that slice of life events that don’t seem as horrible as they actually are until you go through them yourself, like being audited or having walking pneumonia.

Only, unlike those other things, you generally don’t have emotion invested. Sobbing in the tax man’s lap might seem like the sum of hurt feelings, but try having your heart broken. Most folks would gladly fork over a few duckets to the IRS rather than experience that kind of agony firsthand.

But thankfully time does — or should — heal those wounds and you move on. Unfortunately, so will your ex, which means their new love interest will inevitably be presented to your children. And that can raise the hackles of many a mom. I know because it sure irked my soul when my daughter’s father started dating and paraded his new chicks around The Girl.

The pain from our split was still very, very fresh. I was bleeding from the internal wounds of heartache (that sounds like something an anguished writer would say, doesn’t it?) and there he was with a new girlfriend. It was hard to accept. But it wasn’t the reason why I intercepted his lady friends from chilling with my child.

I was serious about my baby not being around just any ol’ body. My friends in college joked that Skylar was an urban legend. She rarely came to campus, even though I was still a student trying to finish my degree when she was born. People smoked weed and cursed and played loud music in the dorms. There were unsavory characters there too, and if somebody so much as passed gas when I was walking down the hallway with my precious cargo, I was going to be ready to cut a sucka. It just wasn’t a kid-friendly environment, so it was best to not bring her around.

I was the same way when it came to personal relationships. I love all of my friends — and I know some of y’all read my blogs, so I apologize in advance — but not everybody has had the luxury of spending loads of time with my kid. Even though they’re great friends to me, they’re not necessarily good influences on her. When kids are young, you have to watch who you’re letting in their space. So I had a few beloved sistagirls who heard stories about The Girl, who saw new pictures of The Girl, who even bought little gifts for The Girl, but didn’t spend much time with her.

So of course, if I put that much thought into who I was greenlighting in my own life, I was cautious about letting her father’s latest flavor of the month breathe her air. Especially because he didn’t have the strongest moral compass.

But I was especially passionate that it would be confusing to her to have all of these new adults popping in and out of her life. He was running through them around that time — tasting the rainbow of his revived singleness, no doubt — and there were quite a few who came, stayed, bit the dust, and became part of his post-breakup rebachelorization program. When he ran into and settled down with a lady he’d known since he was a kid, though, my attitude about his girl toys started to change. She had some permanence to her. It wasn’t a fling or a casual little affair.

Plus, by the time they got together, I was good and over any lingering lovey dovey feelings that I’d been harboring for him. I was able to talk with her without getting jealous or envious or hurt. If she wanted him, honey, she could have him.

On my end, I’ve always been equally persnickety about guys meeting The Girl. If somebody laid eyes on Skylar in person, he had to know he was in there. Not that I’ve done a vast amount of dating, but she’s only been introduced to the Marathon Dude, who I was with for eight, long, engagement-ringless years, and my boyfriend now. I just haven’t seen any reason to expose her to anyone else, either because I knew they weren’t worth it or because they weren’t going to add anything to her life.

Now that Skylar’s old enough to feel folks out for herself, I don’t have to guard her as forcefully as I used to. I’m pretty sure her father doesn’t think this deeply about it, but there’s an upside to his being barely in the picture: we don’t have to think about it that often, either.

Do you mind if your ex's new woman is around your child?


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GlowW... GlowWorm889

I would be upset if he did it without my knowledge. One, even though we wouldn't be together anymore, parenting is a team job and should involve both parents in life-altering events like that. Two, hiding it is suspicious, and may mean he didn't want me to meet her, knowing I wouldn't approve. Three, I would like to meet her before my child does. If all those things were met and there were no problems, I'd be fine with it. I couldn't forbid him from dating ever again, or not bringing his girlfriends around our child. I mean, if we share custody of the child, it stands to reason that our significant others will play a large role in his/her life, and therefore they should get acquainted.

daerc... daerca574

I don't have an ex so i guess this doesnt include me.

Mooki... MookiesMom739

I was very hesitant about a few of the girls he dated. But I sat down and had a talk with him about what he wanted his daughter to view.  He took the bull by the horns himself & he is very selective about who she is introduced too.   I am so glad that we have a good parenting relationship. I am very lucky

ceciliam ceciliam

I'm so happy that I do not have to deal with this.

babyb... babybirch

glad i'll never have to go through this ...

heath... heathermichelle

I have had to deal with this. And I did not like it one bit, they barely knew each other and she was meeting my son, watching him, etc. I let him know quick that he needed to find other arrangements for childcare because given how long they had known each other and I never met her, I did not want her watching my son.

msyay... msyayamom

My ex brings them all around my daughter. One weekend she came home with her nails painted. When I asked who painted them, she said "daddy's friend". When I asked her name, she said "I don't know". It breaks my heart,but I have to tell myself that I have to set the example that I want her to see.

My Ex's current girlfriend is a girl I knew way before I had my daughter. She is an alcoholic who drank extensively during her own pregnancy. I pray every night that she will soon be out of the picture, but they have dated for a while. I just make sure she isn't on the list to pick my daughter up from school.

Why can't men think about the influence they have on their daughters? I hope she doesn't grow up going through men searching for the love and attention that she needs from her father.

Once again- I comfort myself knowing that I'm setting the best example I know how. I shower her with love and hugs and hope for the best!

Erin Sites Golden

Flavor of the month- I'm with you.....no way! But if he is settled into a relationship, as long as she treats my daughter right then I don't see it as an issue.

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