If you notice that your friend is beginning to assume the role of a parent and it's distressing your child, have a talk with your friend.
Explain that it might be too early to take on this role.
It can be difficult for some children to accept that their parents won't get back together again someday.
Let your little one know that these feelings are perfectly normal and okay.
Reassure him that you still love him and that he won't always feel this way.
According to Stop Child Abuse Now, a child might also think that a new significant other will be replacing his biological parent permanently.
The American Psychological Association notes that some of the challenges facing single-parent families arise from parents dating and forming new relationships with other adults.
If you're dating, or if you're considering dating again, you might be wondering how your new romances might affect the emotional well-being of your children.
To make a bumpy ride smoother, it's important to discuss and accept all of your child's feelings about your new relationship.
Single parent dating can cause some uncomfortable situations for children.
Your little one might feel uneasy with displays of affection between you and your new friend.
These feelings can intensify if your friend begins spending the night at your home.
Consider saving such activities for times when your child is not present with you and your friend.
Your child might also feel awkward or resentful interacting with a non-parent adult who begins acting as a parent, especially if your new friend attempts to discipline your child or begins offering your child unsolicited advice.