What do you know about dating a single parent?
Maybe you’re single and never married. You meet a great prospect and soon find out he or she is a single parent.
What do you do? How should you behave? Should you give up the opportunity for love? No, never.
You can always consult a local single parent dating expert.
If you meet a single parent, you’ll be faced with challenges that another single person who’s never had kids may not have. After all, his or her time is a commodity that has to be weighed with many factors.
Dating a single parent will be different than anything you may have experienced, but could be the light at the end of your dating tunnel rut.
Remember: These men and women have taken on adult responsibility, they may have been burned badly by false pretenses and will most likely appreciate any and all attention they can get.
That in itself is a major dating turn-on.
So if you find a new prospect has a kid (or three), don’t shy away from the unknown. Here are seven great tips to lead you to dating paradise.
Who knows; you may just meet your single parent soul mate.
1. Patience is your virtue
1. Patience is a virtue and if you don’t have it, skip on dating a single parent. That includes taking the high road if there’s a kid emergency and you have to wait around as #2 on the priority list. On the bright side, this will soften up as the kids get older and mom or dad can spend more one on one time with you.
2. Skip the urge for casual affairs
2. Skip the urge to have a casual affair with a single parent. If you’re in doubt, watch Jerry Maguire and pay attention to the reference about “stealing from the single mom.” Cookies are one thing, but stealing “the cookie” is unacceptable for a person who is taking on parenthood by his or herself.
3. Must love kids
3. Must love kids, or better put, his or her kids. If you think you can bypass the offspring and just have a relationship with the single parent, you’re in for a rude awakening. If you fall for a single parent, you have to take the package deal, kids and all. And no, you can’t toss the baby with the bathwater.
4. You’re being watched
4. You’re being watched. No, not like a stalker next door, more like the kid down the hall who can hear what you’re up to. Don’t think that you can have steamy nights on the couch and run around naked when you date a single parent. The walls have eyes. And ears. And there will be questions asked about any strange behavior.
5. You need flexibility
5. You need flexibility (and no, not the gymnastic type). If your date has last minute mishaps due to being a single parent (and yes, they can happen all the time), be prepared to bend your comfort zone. We really want to be there on time, every time, but remember that there’s kids involved. And life.
6.Show up with some surprises
6. Show up with some surprises (but save the “naked under the trench coat” surprise for when it’s just the two of you). If you want to get on a single parent’s good side (and we’re sure you do), bring some goodies for the kids on your date night. It can be as simple as a chocolate bar (if mom or dad allows it) to a full-on dream present (the sky’s the limit, so go for LEGO for boys and Barbie dolls for girls).
7.You’re most loveable when you love our kids
7. You’re most loveable when you love our kids. No need to explain this. When we see you spending quality time with our kids, truly enjoying the moment with them and become the epitome of a good role model, we can’t help but melt at your feet. Come prepared with a mop and bucket if you do.