10 Keys to Dating as a Single Dad

By:Arka Roy Chowdhury, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:May 29, 2014

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If you are a single father and are looking for a new girl, the know what are the rules to follow.
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    The New Start

    Raising kids can be a difficult task, and that too if you are a single parent then there is all possibility that you will find it exceedingly difficult to handle your life along with your kid's. Being a single father means that you are alone, means that between your horrible boss and your picking and dropping kids from school, you do not have a partner to fall back on, to lay your head to rest on her shoulder and forget all your worries. What if you plan to jump back into the dating world, to find a right girl? To seek a woman who would hold your hand for the rest of your life? Yes, you may want to go back to dating, but remember that you are a father now nd so you need to know certain ground rules.

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    Let the Idea Sink In

    There is no need to rush, if you are newly single then you need time to mourn over you loss. You need t re-shape your life, and most importantly think about your child. A single father may feel guilty about dating because he does not spend enough time with his children already, and then to begin dating means to spend even lesser time with kids. So we say that you need to give things some time and then go about it. Or just simply be open to dating, dont neccessarily be looking for someone, the right girl will come along.

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    Let your Kids Know

    Ask your kids, how would they like to have a female figure around them? How would they feel if they have a new mother by chance? Tell them that you will be dating around, meeting women, but ultimatelty your kids are your priority, you have to make sure that you make them understand this well. Tell your kids that you love to spend time with them and there is nothing more that gives you so much joy as to watching them grow.

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    Date the Right Girl

    You need to make sure that you have the right girl to date, because your situation is not very normal and the last thing you need is an inconsiderate girl friend. You could have an emergency at any time that would concern your children, and a girl who gets jealous because you have to attend to your children is not the right girl. So, make sure that you have the right person beside you, and not an unwanted baggage. Also find out if she has affection for kids.

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    Do not Introduce them too Soon

    Children do not understand adult relationships and this is why you should be careful before introducing your children to your date. She will come and make them feel nice, will go for walks in the park, will play with them and before you know it she is gone! That is not fair for them and they will feel disheartened.

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    Strike a Balance

    It is very important that you do not get carried away on your date and spend the entire day out. This means that you cannot drop your kids off to someone's place and waltz off for two to three days at a stretch. You want your kids to remember you as a single father who cared, not someone who was not around when they needed him.

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    Be Careful about Sleepovers

    Even thought your children are small, you should know that they understand and therefore be careful about allowing a sleepover at your place. The fact is that even toddlers have this haunting memory of certain incidents from the past and you will leave a scar and therefore you should be in a serious relationship before allowing any sleepovers. Do not be bringing women every second day.

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    Be Careful of your Past

    There is every possibilty that your former wife will want to make you look bad, especially if she is not in the dating scene yet. So, you need to explain to your kids that dating has nothing to do with your marriage ending, and that it does not effect your relationship in any way. They can always feel like you are betraying their mother, and so you have to handle matters with care.

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    Do not Talk too much about Her

    Do not constantly talk about her to your children, and do not make it uncomfortable for them. They will meet her and judge for themselves. Also, they should not be forced to meet her, they would meet her if they wish to meet her and when they feel like it is the right time. Remember, it is all about your children!

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    Cautious Introduction

    The first impression is a lasting one, and you need to keep in mind that your children are comfortable when getting introduced to this new woman. Do not take them to her house, but instead bring her over to yours, or better still go out and have some fun time! This is a good opportunity for them to see her and know her and get a sense of her in every aspect. Do it right!

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    Make it Clear

    As a rule of thumb you need to make it clear to your date that you have children, and there are no two ways about this. At the very start it should be loud and clear that you are a single father and this is the situation at hand. It is only unfair for the woman to find out something as big as this later.

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