Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York, has some dating tips for all the single mothers out there. Keep reading to see what the newly divorced reality star thinks it takes to maintain a good relationship…
“Real Housewives of New York’s” Countess LuAnn shares dating advice for single moms with Radar Online. The reality star has tips on making the relationship work with a new beau while getting the children’s support.
“The first step is sharing with your children that you are ready to begin dating,” she tells Radar Online. “Some children become anxious when their newly single parent starts seeing other people. Your children need extra reassurance that you are there for them.”
Countess LuAnn says that’s how she introduced new serious boyfriend Jacques Azoulay.
“When I realized that I cared very much for Jacques, I slowly introduced him into my life and gradually included him in family when I felt that the time was right.
She suggests single moms wait until the relationship is secure to introduce a new partner.
“I waited until I knew that Jacques was a keeper and I waited until the time was right before I introduced him to my children,” LuAnn says.
The Countess tells Radar Online she thinks it’s important to balance family life and social life so children feel secure.
“Make special time for your child that does not include your new beau,” she says. “I reserve nights just for [son] Noel so that we can have dinner together and go to movies so that he has one-on-one time with me. [Daughter] Victoria’s favorite thing to do with me is to have lunch together where we talk about girl stuff and bond.”
According to LuAnn, that separation between family and social life also means not sharing the details of your personal life with the children.
“Children to know that you are there for them regardless of what is happening in your personal life. My children understand that they always come first and I make sure they understand this so that they feel secure enough to spend time with the new person in my life.”
“Keep your relationship details between you and your girlfriends,” she says. “Your children are not your confidantes! Children are not mature enough to handle the details of relationships and you should not assume that they are.”
Countess LuAnn’s sound dating tips come from recent experience as she began dating again after a failed 16-year-long marriage to Count Alexandre de Lesseps. Her dating adventures were documented on last season’s “Real Housewives.”
According to Radar Online, the new season of “The Real Housewives of New York City” will premiere Feb. 15 on Bravo.
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