Dating a Single Parent? Don't Be Too Demanding

When you're dating a single parent, you have to learn to expect the unexpected.

If the person you're dating is a good parent—and if not, then why are you dating them?—then you should accept that fact that the kids come first. That means that when something comes up with their children—in the middle of a date, in the middle of a trip out of town or even in the middle of sex—your lover's likely to dash out the door.

It's not a reflection on you…unless you make it that way. If you put up a fuss or complain, then you're going to drive your honey away faster than you can say "selfishly single."

Count on Dependability
If you want a partner you can count on in your life, then you should support their commitment to their children. However, if you just want a hot hookup, then you're probably looking in the wrong place.

Single parents are often handy because they have to be. A single mom learns how to mow the lawn, cook on the grill and hang her own curtains. A single dad learns how to do laundry, fix his daughter's hair and give hugs that heal little hurts.

These traits are big pluses when you're dating a single parent. You know they're adaptable. You know they're problem solvers. You know they don't expect you to serve them or cater to their needs.

Give a Helping Hand
They can do most things on their own if they have to…but they would love a little help and a little TLC once in a while too.

If you want to win the heart of a single parent, go out of your way to show you care. Ease the stress with a massage. Take the burden off by bringing over carryout food or cooking a simple dinner. Be satisfied with a rotisserie chicken and a movie on the TV. But also be willing to surprise your sweetie with a fun night out on the town…when the schedule allows.

If you're dating a single parent, you'd better be flexible and not be egotistical. Yes, the kids come first. But you can be a top priority too if you handle the relationship in a mature and caring way.

Then you can both enjoy the undivided attention when you get that long-awaited adults-only alone time!

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