Dating as a “Single parent” can be a big deal as many single parents find out. Its our hope this article will aid you in your pursuit for companionship. Having a child and dating does not have to be as difficult as it seems. Many singles nowadays are parents. However that doesn’t remove some of the obstacles and pitfalls you might face. Lets look at some “Dos” and “Don’ts”
Do. Be honest with your dating partner that you are a parent. Misleading your new companion will not get things off on right foot and could lead to incorrect assumptions of your motives. We are not saying it needs to be focus of your date conversation but it is important as this child is part of you. A casual mention of something your child did as it relates conversation might get the information out. Remember your goal is just let this new companion know not make future plans. If he/she wants to know more than let him/her ask otherwise drop issue for now.
Do. Be clear (if topic ever comes up) that your not in market for a replacement parent or seeking commitment to help raise child. Some of your dates may have concerns over this exact issue. Where you don’t want to bring it up if they do this will ease them. If asked about future and child you can be honest but explain that is sometime in future and not on your current agenda.
Don’t. Hide your child from your date, on same issue don’t force child into your date conversation either. You two need to get to know each other more than your child right now.
Don’t. Introduce your child to your date too early. Until you and this new partner have established a decent relationship it would be unwise to introduce the child to your dating partner or partners. This can be damaging to your relationship and your child.
Now this was brief but should help get you started. If you need more help or have additional issues or questions take them to our forum at