Do you have any tips or advice on dating a single dad or single parent? Check out my pieces of advice below and be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments!
Dad Dating Tip #1 – Patience
Don’t move too fast in the relationship when dating a single dad. Single parents have more than just themselves to consider when in a relationship. As a single without children you can sometimes throw caution to the wind. Sell all stuff, join the peace corps and move to India. Why not? Put your stuff in storage, have granny watch your cat and backback Europe for two months. Let’s go! However, as a single dad or single mom it’s best to take things a bit more slowly and deliberately. After all, it’s not just you that gets hurt if the relationship doesn’t work out.
Dad Dating Tip #2 – Flexibility
This tip applies to both sides of the single dad dating equation. As someone dating a single dad, you shouldn’t push too hard to meet your guy’s child(ren). Meeting the children is a big step for any single parent, so be sure not to take it lightly. When you are ready, approach the subject with an open frame of mind and express to your single dad that you’re ready when ever he’s ready. Let him know that you’ve been thinking about meeting the most important people in his life but that you’re also willing to do it on their terms. As a dating dad, you should exercise patience when introducing your children to the person you’re dating. Dating isn’t a race and children don’t understand people coming and going from their lives. Introducing them to people that are only around for a brief period of time in their (and your) lives will only create instability and instability is universally unhealthy for children of all ages.
Dad Dating Tip #3 – Love Kids!
Do you love kids? Ok, do you at least really like them? Do their smiles make you smile and their giggles make you laugh? Let’s be honest, if you don’t like children then you probably shouldn’t be dating a single dad. I can see some definite up-sides to dating a single parent. Most single parents rate high in areas like maturity, stability and experience (take that as what you will) and those qualities carry over into their love lives as well. Dating single parents just isn’t for everyone, so if you’re really not interested in playing a large role in a child’s life, just be honest with yourself and your single dad and bow out (gracefully) to someone that will appreciate all they have to offer.
Dad Dating Tip #4 – Have a Sense of Humor
Kids say the darndest things – and so can parents! Having a sense of humor when dating a single parent is a very handy quality to have. Single parents may be accustomed to interacting with their children and can require an adjustment period when transitioning to speaking with (real, actual) adults from time to time. In other words, cut us a little slack if a single mom or single dad excuses him or herself to “go potty” or asks you if your dinner is “yummy”.