Perhaps, it simply means that they have had enough change right now and aren’t ‘ready’ for more.Being “ready” can mean any or all of the above or something very different; in Bab’s situation, the time passed since the death and the father’s subsequent relationship have not been very long. All of these things can contribute to how long a widower decides he needs to grieve before he dates again.Dating in Midlife: Do you need your Children’s Approval?
The father should not push his children, but rather discuss what it is they need in their own grieving process and how he can support them.
He can still be in adult relationship yet recognize and respect that their grief time line may be different.
Suddenly the bereaved child can feel as if they are losing their father to a new family.
Of course, we are speculating here: without asking the parties involved, then we will only assume and never really know.
Those issues that impact the grief process for the parent do not impact the children.