In the next couple of months, I will celebrate my 42nd year on Planet Earth and as I continue to manage my life as an unmarried, childless woman, here is one thing I know for certain: dating a man with children becomes standard, unless you don't want to date at all. At this age, children come up during ice-breaking conversations with dating prospects. It's no big deal. A lot of times, you really don't have to ask because the men will casually mention their children's softball games, National Honor Society award ceremonies, high school, and in some instances, college graduations. Mind you, these men are usually in my age group. For instance, I know a 43 year old grandfather. So, I suppose, the purpose of my piece is to offer some insight specifically on how to date men with children and enjoy it. But before I get into it, let me state here that my insight is geared towards women who are childless (we outchea) and not those single women deep in the throes of motherhood but perhaps dating or considering dating men with children.
First of all, if your primary concern is becoming a stepmother, relax...especially if the father you're dating hasn't proposed yet. His child(ren) have mother(s) and the majority of the time, they're holding it down. Chances are, by the time you get to that level of seriousness where marriage is on the table, you should have forged a relationship with his seed(s) by then. They should be comfortable with you and you, being the woman of love that you are hopefully, will have fully accepted his children into your heart. You will feel responsible for them and want to be apart of their lives in a positive way. But, if you're only considering dating a man with children or if your involvement with a Daddy Man is primarily casual, don't get yourself in a tizzy about taking on a ready made family just yet. It is important to note here that most single fathers are not looking for extra help with their kids. Instead, they are looking for companionship and here is where you're supposed to shine. Place your focus on his manly needs and let him handle the father business.
BABY MAMA DRAMA
Sometimes baby mamas are warranted in their Cut Ups, sometimes they're not. Your mission is to determine which one is accurate for the Daddy Man you're dating. This requires you to take your time and get to know him, which is typical of any man you're considering dating. All the while, though, please do not involve yourself with the issues he is having with the mother(s) of his child(ren). This is his responsibility. You should not take sides and/or participate in any of their dealings. The reason is because strained or severed relationships involving children (including divorces) can become complicated and justifiably so. There's a lot of unresolved emotional tension that has to be sorted out as the parents make adjustments for the sake of their children. I wish I could tell you to simply find a good man without prior complications with their children's mother(s) but there are plenty of good men that are dealing with this, so if you find yourself drawn to one, please be patient with him as he works to resolve it. If he's cut from the right cloth, you won't even be aware of these issues because he will keep it as far away from you as possible.
When dating a man with children, please be aware of this very important fact. You will never be at the center of his attention...and you shouldn't want to be. His children should be his priority at all times. Don't take that away from him by being selfish. Besides, if anything, it should make you desire him more because this is demonstrating that he's on point as a man and father. There needs to be a great deal of honest communication here (as always). You should be aware of his schedule and work with him to establish how the relationship between the two of you will flow.
If it seems as though my pointers place a lot of work on you, that's right. You see, dating a man with children requires you to have a very specific understanding about life and takes some flexibility on your part. See, this is why so many women don't want to bother, however, I am inclined to state that we really have no control over who we find ourselves connected to. Even if your aim is to shoo away every Daddy Man, it is so possible that you will cross paths with one that will make you change your entire mind about that. I am here to let you know that it can be a beautiful, enlightening and fulfilling experience if you are able to manage it successfully. Will issues arise? Absolutely. But what intimate relationship doesn't have its issues? If there is one, it must not have any human beings participating.
Now, these pointers will only work with dating dads that are of a certain caliber. If you find yourself involved with a dating dad that's on some slackness, get the hell away from him. But here's the thing, I have not ran across many *deadbeat* dads, instead, I've met men who are very serious about being in their children's lives. It seems the CDC has provided some data that stated Black dads are more present than the media previously reported...or rather previously lied about. So, I say to my sisters who are on this tip of not dating single dads, let it go and get out of your own way. You may be missing out on the love you've been yearning for.
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