Dating with kids advice
They recommend "Cinderella" for a good movie date, Papa John's Pizza for a fancy romantic dinner and flowers with a card for a simple "I like you" gesture.
As a parent, you have to be careful with the people you allow into your life. You’re no longer worrying about things like: Is he handsome? Just remember, dating a single mom is not the same as dating a party girl with little to no responsibility. But if you plan on having your own kids one day, what’s the harm in dating a single parent?Let your children get used to the idea of this person in your life. Make sure he knows about any information that you've shared that are absolutely private and not to be mentioned in front of your children.If there are any touchy subjects (such a grown kid's unemployment or messy divorce), tell your date that those things are off limits.But it can be a good idea to conduct a new relationship in a way that will encounter the least amount of resistance. (And if you've met someone already, talk first in generalities about dating before talking about your new guy or gal.) Convey your feelings of being lonely, wanting affection and missing having a partner. When you're starting to date, mention to your kids that you might make mistakes.
You could even hint that in the absence of companionship, you might have to lean a lot more heavily on them — and you don't want to do that. You could gently remind them that they made quite a few along the way too — and that there is a skill to dating that you have to re-learn. When things start getting serious, introduce your boyfriend or girlfriend to your family in small doses and with no big fanfare.
Children are protective of their parents, no matter their — or your — age.
They tend to think no one is good enough for mom or dad, no one's motives are pure, and every new person you bring around is either a gold digger, a spendthrift or someone who will tear you away.
Instead, as a parent exploring the dating scene, your focus shifts to internal questions like: Is he emotionally and financially stable? Some people look at a single mom or single dad as having baggage.
As the mother of a two-and-a-half-year old, I thought it would be interesting to explore the world of dating as a single parent.
But whatever you do, don't avoid a person you like — or dating in general — because it bothers your kids.