Dating is not only for the bachelors and for the bachelorettes. Some single parents can also feel the burden of being alone while raising kids on their own. Some would like to explore the dating scene now and again in hopes of starting on a new relationship. If you are attracted and decide to begin a relationship with a single parent through dating, there are many things to consider. You need to realize that you will be under a different situation. You need to be aware that the dating dynamic will be different when you are dating a single parent. Here are some of the things that you need to know.
You will not always be first priority.
When you are dating a single parent, you need to realize that the kids take top priority. You need to accept and respect the fact that the child comes first for the single mom or dad. The single parent will share his or her time and attention between you and the child. There are times when you will not be able to meet as often as you would like.
Avoid any involvement with his or her ex.
As a single parent, you should be aware that there might be an ex out there somewhere. They might be sharing custody with the child and there is a big chance of a face-to-face encounter. You can be civil enough to know the ex. However, try to stay away from the drama. Let your date handle it. Getting involved will cause further tensions down the road. You can provide support and encouragement. But try to stay away from the more serious matters regarding their previous relationship.
Do not attempt to discipline the child yourself.
One of the complications arising from a dating a single parent involves the kid. There are things that you are allowed to do and things that are off limits. You can get to know establish your own relationship with the child. But do not try to act as the parent by trying to discipline the kid. That is the duty of the single parent you are dating. The only exception to this rule is if your date asks for your support or help concerning the kid’s behavior.
Provide some emotional support.
A single parent goes through life trying to care for a kid. Doing it alone makes it more difficult, especially from the emotional standpoint. Try to offer as much emotional support as you can. Be someone who is dependent and an avid listener. Doing your bit to help ease the struggles of a single parent can help in strengthening your relationship.