Single fathers are often demonized as deadbeat dads or heralded for their involvement in their children’s lives.Whatever the perception, the majority of single mothers and single fathers want to date, find loving happiness with a great partner and build a solid companionship that makes them and their children happiest.There are no rules stating that every person you date should be viewed as a future stepparent.Sometimes people just want to have fun adult time away from their children without feeling pressure to be anything more.
She also has a personal rule of waiting a year before introducing someone she’s dating to her child, because she believes children are impressionable and she wants to avoid hurting her son as much as possible.
Even if he’s not at the “meet the kids” stage, she needs to know that when the time comes, she’ll be comfortable with the intro.
She acknowledges challenges in getting used to teenagers, and understands that even if a man is a parent himself, it doesn’t guarantee he’s going to be interested in dealing with her kids.
Kevin, a single man with no children, says he has no problem dating women with children and has had various experiences.
One woman kept him and her child separate because their “friends with benefits” situation didn’t call for that level of connection.
To her shock and bemusement, there was a new term to describe what she had been doing most of her life — dating younger men.