Dating a single dad advice
Given these statistics, if you are a single adult, it would not be surprising that you find yourself attracted to someone who has children.
Census, in 2010 there were close to 12 million single-family households in America.
As you read through these suggestions, remember that children come in all ages and some may not even live at home.
The tips below will help you thread your way through some of the intricacies of dating a single parent. Ask yourself: Am I willing to be in a relationship with someone who has children? Am I willing to enter into a relationship with children?
This is important because you cannot separate the parent from the children. Often, the attention, time and resources that a parent devotes to his/her children can make one feel jealous or resentful. Single parents are likely to set basic boundaries with regards to their children. Sometimes when we meet the kids we want to make a good impression.
If you are dating a parent, their children will be part of the picture at some point. Are you self-assured and independent enough to accept that the children of your date will be the priority? These boundaries can range from time devoted to children, to dietary/nutrition concerns, to when late night guests are acceptable. If you are dating a single parent and your relationship has progressed to the point where you spend time together with the kids, notice how your date parents, the kids’ behaviors, and the family culture. Maybe we try too hard: excessively friendly, overly generous, or uncomfortably upbeat. It is natural that children may be somewhat leery of a new person in the mix.
It can take time to develop a comfort zone, not only with a new person, but also with the kids and with the new person as a parent as well.
If you answered YES to Tip #1, you are a special person who likely has a great deal to bring to the relationship.
Navigating the next steps with compassion, good nature, and a sense of humor will help assure that the experience is joyful and fulfilling. Mary Jayne Rogers is an Exercise Physiologist specializing in whole-person wellness and fitness education and instruction.
As an educator, Mary Jayne brings multi-dimensional wellness and fitness experiences along with a welcoming and genuine teaching style to inspire students and wellness enthusiasts of all ages.
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