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Terri Orbuch, professor at Oakland University, author and family therapist.“Tell them they are your first priority and you’ll always be there for them, no matter who you’re dating.” If kids are resistant or negative, don’t get defensive. “I’ve done a pretty careful job of limiting (my son’s) exposure to anybody that I wasn’t 100 percent sure could be marriage (material),” says Sean Singer, a divorced dad in Plymouth.“Adolescents are watching and they’re going to model you. Karen Buscemi and her ex-husband Andrew discuss and dole out punishments for their son, who spends equal time in both houses. “In our houses, parents take the main role; steps (don’t) execute punishments,” says Buscemi, the Rochester Hills author of . In the time they’ve been together, she has never disciplined partner Anne Adelson’s sons.“I decided early on not to confront Annie’s children with any issues I might have with them,” says Slotkin, a Bloomfield Hills resident.
Dan respected his sensitivity, approaching him with conversation or a board game as a way to grow close.
“People disengage or emotionally separate at different points,” she says.
“Women are more likely to emotionally separate from a marriage when they’re in it, so when the actual divorce occurs, that may be years after they emotionally separate.
“We went to the park and, oh, we happened to run into Jeff, Jake and Jordan.
It’s terrible when people date and get their kids all attached and the kids are thinking they’re going to be brother and sister and then you dump the guy. ’ One time we met at the gas station to follow each other and they’re like, ‘Didn’t you meet him at a gas station?