But because you are a responsible grown-up, you know that would be a really stupid thing to do.After all, you've worked hard to get to where you are today.That initial phase of a new relationship can be one of the most amazing rushes ever.

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Just as you enjoy a piece of cake one delicious forkful at a time rather than swallowing it whole; take the time to savor each minute of this phase of your relationship rather than rushing ahead. Here's a common misstep divorced women make when it comes to new relationships: As soon as they've been on two dates with a guy, they want to introduce him to their kids.

Your kids have had enough rough sailing for the time being.

Your kids deserve to be treated like people who are worthy of respect, not prizes that are up for grabs.

Don't Act Like You're Auditioning For Replacement Parent.

You remember the living hell that your divorce was.

And if you really work at it, you can even vaguely remember how you were once head-over-heals in love with your ex.

If, on the other hand, they end up not liking him, then your boyfriend can become a wedge between you and your kids, and that creates tension for everyone.

Protect your kids and your home life by holding off on the introduction until you're sure it's worth the upheaval it has the potential to cause.

Don't encourage your kids to call your new love interest Dad or invite his kids to call you Mom.

These kids already have a mom and a dad, and being told to start calling someone else Mom or Dad only serves to confuse them or make them feel awkward; and it could even cause tension with their actual mom or dad.

If they end up liking the guy they will form an attachment to him.