Rules for dating a single dad
This means no dropping the kids off at grandma’s house when it is your weekend with them.
"This speaks volumes to the kids about your lack of importance and focus on them," Fisher says.
He will learn to love like you love, and hate like you hate. Then, someday down the road, you will see the way he loves his own wife, and know that you played a part in that. Help him to understand when to shut his mouth and walk-away.
Love with your whole heart and express that love each and every day. Remind him that people can be mean and nasty because of jealousy, or other personal reasons.
The initial introduction is an opportunity for your kids to check out your new love interest, Fisher says. This is an opportunity for them to look her over, get a sense of her.
Don’t pressure your kids to like her—and vice versa. It is a naïve expectation men have that the woman is going to love the kids,” says Brott.
Read on for our expert-backed rules on navigating the dating scene while still keeping your kids interests at heart.
Rule #1: If you’re newly single, ease into it Remember, you’re the grown-up here.
But regardless how your circumstance arose, you deserve to date.
“Men assume that a mother is less self-oriented and more nurturing and will welcome his children,” Fisher says. Don’t disregard a woman who has never been a mother—she may be wonderful with your kids because there is no one competing for her attention.
Rule #4: Don’t divulge too much about her They’ll want to know her name, what she looks like and whether she has children, but little else.
Rule #7: Keep your online dating ventures to yourself, as well If you meet someone online it is prudent not to show your children her profile.
“This is about a potential relationship between two adults and it should be handled with requisite privacy and respect,” says Fisher.