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What if we are having a great first date but my kids are a dealbreaker for them?That’s a disappointment on both sides.” —Brendon, 36, Providence, RIWhat makes dating with kids more difficult?Is it easier to date someone else who also has kids—someone who will “get it” when you can’t be spontaneous or flexible with your schedule?Or is it easier to date someone who doesn’t have kids whose schedule is wide open and can more easily work around yours? “It's on my profile because it's a huge part of my life.Dating as a parent means constantly juggling and negotiating multiple peoples’ needs and wants.There are a lot of tough questions with no good answers.And of course, there’s always the issue of what to do if your child and partner don’t get along. Here, single parents answered my questions about how they navigate dating. I was a little worried about it at first, like is it not safe to include that on my profile, but as a male, it doesn't feel as dangerous as if I were a single mom and talking about my daughter to random single men.” —Adam, 34, Atlanta, GA“Before the first date, but it’s not in my dating profile because I want to avoid people who are purely seeking out single moms for whatever reason.” Kelly, 32, Charlotte, NC“It’s on my profile: I have kids already and I’m not having more.” —Andrea, 44, Dallas, TX“I have ‘part time dad’ in my dating profile.(Not everyone can just wait until their kids accept one of the governesses they’ve hired and then marry her, ahem, Captain Von Trapp). I went through a BUNCH of iterations before settling on that.
It’s your child and your priority, no matter how much you love that man.When I’ve rewatched these as an adult, I find myself sympathizing with the love-struck parents a whole lot more.For one thing, gum is very hard to get out of your hair, but also because dating as a parent seems incredibly difficult in just about every way that something could be difficult. ) you should introduce partners to your children, and even if there were, there’s no guarantee that following those guidelines will work for your family’s particular situation.Third, I felt that I had to be careful about how [my kids might view] casual dating and wanted to model good behavior for them.
I didn’t want them to think that I thought women were disposable because I might not want a second or third date.” —Benson, 49, Toronto, ON“Things move more slowly.
I can’t dive in head over heels with someone, staring directly into their eyes unblinkingly for three months straight while reveling in the feeling of a new love anymore.