Have you ever met the perfect guy and then – surprise! It might not be your intention to date a single dad, but this happens to many women – especially those who prefer to date older men.Whether you’re currently dating a single dad or have your sights on a guy with kids, keep reading for helpful advice that will make your relationship run smoothly and prepare you to face unforeseen problems.
Keep the relationship between the two of you, and when marriage becomes a consideration, have him introduce you to the kids.
Think of it from a child’s perspective: Dad has a new girlfriend for a few months and then she goes away.
If this continues to happen, the child will be hurt as well as the father.
Time for intimacy may be replaced by time spent together with the children. Remember: in actuality you’re dating the entire family, not just the guy.
Unless you are in a committed, long-term relationship then discretion is the name of the game when dating as a single father. There are plenty of women out there that have no connection to your children’s lives. There are landmines everywhere once you start dating within your kids’ social circle, just don’t. You shouldn’t be introducing a woman to your kids until you’re in a committed LTR with her, period. If you feel she is LTR worthy, and she has earned the right to meet your kids, then introduce her to them as your “girlfriend.” This label is important, kids need to know who this person is.
Remember, your kids are your first priority, your dating life comes after that. Calling her your “friend” just confuses them because they know there is more to it, kids are perceptive. If you’re not calling her your “girlfriend” then she doesn’t exist to your children.Dating, especially when you’re an adult with major responsibilities, takes time, energy, and emotional availability.If you’re hopelessly short on any of those things, then perhaps you should focus on increasing your reserves before you reveal your love of Game of Thrones and Mediterranean cuisine on your online dating profile.An added benefit of dating a single mother is the ability to share parenting advice, and outings with all the kids can be a blast. Understand why she is a single mother and this will give you a window into her character.Tread carefully and take time to vet them properly.This is going to be different from any other relationship you’ve had in the past. Keep in mind that this guy can’t be carefree – he has to provide for his children and be available whenever they need him.