Briefly, I have a 12 year old girl and an 8 year old boy. I have been separated/divorced from their father for 6 years. Their father and I have an amicable relationship. We each have them 50% of the time.
I have been dating a man for 7 months. We are serious about moving forward together. We have been discussing moving into a bigger house together in November/December.
The kids were introduced to him slowly at about 4 months with an outing to the Harlem Globetrotters. He has been to dinner with us and has attended a couple of family events. This past weekend we all went camping for one night and then to an amusement park the next day with my family.
He has no kids of his own but likes kids and likes MY kids. He is patient and kind with them.
Well at the end of the day at the amusement park we were all tired and grumpy. My daughter said something sassy and he retorted. Nothing serious enough for me to even make a note to mention it to him later in private.
Now the kids have decided that they don't want me to date at all till they leave the house.
I have practiced AP with both of them since childhood and I want to give them input, but I certainly don't want to be alone forever. I don't know what to do.
Sigh. it was going so well :(