"Also, parents need and deserve some kid-free time to get things accomplished and decompress a bit." No matter how busy life gets, devote time on a regular basis to relaxing and having fun with your kids.
Focus your attention on enjoying each other's company and tune out other distractions.
You’ll only confuse your children with too many new faces.
It’s important to have a life beyond your children.
"But you also need people you and your kids can meet up with for fun activities.
They may or may not wind up being the same people." To save money on babysitters and get to know other local families, consider joining or forming a babysitting co-op.
A predictable routine structures your day and helps give your child a sense of security.
You may miss your kids during the workday and feel guilty that your job requires you to spend so much time away from them. "Trying to squeeze in more time together by letting them stay up late is not the best approach," says Leah Klungness, Ph D, a psychologist in Long Island, N. "Kids need more sleep than we schedule into our jam-packed lives," she says.
Take things slowly Don’t rush to introduce them to your children unless you’re sure you want your relationship to move in a more serious direction.