Are you frustrated with the pace of your relationship, trying to be patient and understanding, but still find yourself resenting your man? Do you wonder if you’ll truly be happy with him or if you’re destined for relationship failure? With 50 percent of marriages in the United States ending in divorce, there are a lot of single dads and recently divorced (or divorcing) men out there who are actively dating. And, as you’ve experienced, dating a single dad or dating a divorced or divorcing man is a lot different than dating a single guy with no kids and no ex-wife! This is what this website is all about: giving you the knowledge, clarity and support to beat those odds and set yourself up for relationship success.
If you want to accelerate your success in having the life and relationship that you truly want, let’s talk! Am I Insecure or Is This a Red Flag?There was a time when I was so insecure in my relationships, I nearly went crazy when a call or text from me would go unanswered. Where I am stuck, is that this advice seems to be geared towards men who are childless and never divorced.
However, we’re at the four month mark, and I’m starting to get a bit antsy and curious about a few things.
I’m glad you asked this question, however, because it’s extremely common – and I’ve been dealing with it regularly in my Love U Community, which is filled with fortysomething single moms.
While you couldn’t possibly know if you have what it takes to last 40 years as a couple, you should know if he wants more than this. 2.Single parents – with jobs, multiple kids, shared custody and unreliable exes – are often doing the best that they can…but that does not mean that their best is good enough for you. You’re a couple looking for a solution and a good boyfriend wants to make his girlfriend happy. I can’t tell you what will happen, but I can assure you that there are millions of single moms and dads navigating this space with worse relationship partners. I hate spam as much as you do, therefore I will never sell, rent, or give away your email address. Evan’s right, WE try our best and still, it often falls short- sooooo difficult to balance !
You advice women to tolerate men who watch porn, men who still talk to ex’s, men who want sex early on, men who on rare occasions visit strip clubs for a friends bachelor party, etc.
If she feels like that is something she can not live without, than I do agree dump him and find someone who makes you happy, instead of being unhappy with someone.
People are always complaining about how hard it is to find a good partner, so why advise dumping a man who does not want to get married, but advice tolerating a guy who watches the occasional porno? Anyway, since I admire your morals and values, and your wisdom and experience by far exceeds mine, I’m sure I just missed something.
I suspect you see marriage as an OPTIONAL thing, but for many of us, it’s a mandatory dealbreaker thing. What confused me was the venom many of the female comments had for subjects such as: guys who thought other women were more beautiful than his girlfriend, or the guy who watched the occasional porn.
Since you hate answering questions here, I will not continue to badger you, it was already kind enough for you to answer my original question.
Long story short- he started to act different over time, after a month or so he was calling , TWICE  A DAY’.
We have since talked openly about those times, Round 1 he was just divorced and clearly not ready for anything serious, Round 2 he explains he was so unsure about me meeting his kids- he thought that was way too much for me and I’d ran a mile at the thought of all that baggage. There are plenty of divorced dads (my friend’s dad was one) who make it very clear the woman in his life is more important than his kids. May I respectfully ask if your finance has or wishes to have kids of her “own”?
My fiance does have a child of her own and we may have more together.  But my philosophy on these things was no different when I was on the dating market and open to a new partner who did not have kids.
Evan’s advice is spot on, and it is good to find out this information early into the relationship.
I once dated a recently divorced (it was acrimonious) dad of two teenagers that I initially had very high hopes for.
I walked away from the relationship after that, although according to the friends (a married couple) who set us up, he was surprised I ended it.

Looking back, I should have paid attention earlier to the fact he had his life compartmentalized and wasn’t integrating me into it. Give your rating: Looking at a man you will not be able to tell whether he is single, married, divorced or a widower. I know that dating a divorced (or divorcing) man can be a challenging field to navigate, which is why I created Happy Healthy Relationship: to help you overcome relationship challenges, gain clarity on whether he's right for you, and discover how to find and create deeply fulfilling relationships. We’ve known each other almost 20 years prior to dating, and the transition to an amorous relationship was easy and natural. First of all, I want more time with him (more than once a week); I understand that he wants to be very cautious about bringing people into his son’s life, and that means there’s less time for he and I to spend together.
He shares intimate details of his life, he’s a great communicator and makes me feel really cared for.
And while I may not have written explicitly about this before, and may not have it as a core part of my curriculum, what I’m about to share with you is 100% consistent with other things I’ve said over the years.
This isn’t about whether he wants to marry you; that information will take a few years to suss out. I can also assure you that there are millions more who have found a way to make things work in a second marriage, so if this guy can’t give you what you need, don’t be afraid of looking elsewhere for a man who can.
Not because I do not understand why you are advising that course of action, but because it doesn’t flow (to me) with the rest of your ideology of tolerance. If the man is being good to the woman and says he wants to be with her long-term, yet if she wants a definite proposal within 3 years, but he wants to continue living with her, but not marry her, you advise she should dump him.
Both men would treat her good and be faithful, marriage is just a title, and divorce can be crushing.
If a woman wants marriage and a man doesn’t, it would be foolish to invest 3 years hoping that he changes his mind. To all the angry commenters, all those issues are deal-breakers, yet you explained how they were not, his actions toward her were more important.
When I think about past relationships, I feel like there were some where I was more a part of their life (meaning I did more with their friends and family than they did with  mine, did more of the things they wanted to do, etc) and others where they were more a part of my life. 6 years ago i was in the same boat, dating a man who was just divorced with two children (50%) of the time.
I am a stepmom to his two children and, though that has its own challenges, we are completely happy and i expect will share the rest of our lives together. Her dad even told her that when she was a child: If it came down to it, he would chose her stepmother. He’s a fantastic and committed single dad who has his 5-year-old son 50% of the time; he and his ex-divorced several years ago.
I think it’s always instructive for women to hear from other women that, despite all the frustrations you’ve had with dating and relationships prior to today, you don’t believe that “men” are the problem, and that, in fact, in this one instance, your boyfriend’s ex-wife was the weak link. But you should both pay attention to his profile (which plainly states his intentions) and pay attention to his words. Otherwise, you’re right: all the best communication skills and purest intentions in the world don’t change the fact that you have a once a week guy on your hands.
People divorce all the time, there is no guarantee that the marriage will last, plus, many people complain that with dating the problem is not quantity, but quality. Obviously, my best relationships were when we were pretty much equally involved in each other’s lives. We usually went out twice a week, talked on the phone most evenings when we weren’t together, spent a few weekends away, and he invited me to spend the holidays with his parents, sister and her family, and his kids were present. If you fall for a guy and gradually get to know that you are dating a guy with kids it can come as a big blow to you – at least initially. I have learned so much about what it means to be in a giving relationship in these four months, and he has been such a remarkable teacher of that.
This is far more common than we see here – specifically because most of the questions I post are from women complaining about men.
I guess I just see a man being a good boyfriend and still not wanting marriage being in the same boat; but I acknowledge that I still have much growing to do. I bring this up because this man has 50% custody of his 5 year old, who is and should be his priority, and given the issues with his ex, it’s quite possible he could end up with full custody.
I had completely stopped thinking of him as a serious prospect so i really was more bemused that encouraged.

Even though i knew he was potentially a great man for me from the early days, it took him to Round 3 to realize i was everything he wanted and hoped for. I think he wants that too, but I don’t know if 4 months is too early to expect that of him because he needs to move slower than a childless man. But, I want more at this point, and I don’t know if it’s a simple case of needing to be more patient to let things grow organically….or if I just need to see things as they are and say that my needs aren’t being met and re-evaluate. On a blog catered towards men, you’d hear a lot more about selfish, volatile, emotionally unstable or unavailable women. I’ll just have some fun with him, go out for nice dinners once a week, know its not going anywhere and keep looking. After his divorce he told me he never thought he’d marry again, it took almost three years for him to be open to that idea in his own head. So, is that timeline trajectory applicable to dating a single father or should it be tweaked?
I had so much more time for everything when the girls were little, and I couldn’t have been more wrong in how I thought things would be as they got older. I ended up staying in it a little too long, ironically because part of why I loved him was because he was such a conscientious dad. In most cases single unmarried women are not ready to accept a man with kids as there is an underlying feeling of insecurity.
We talk daily (if he has his son it’s usually by text, otherwise we chat by phone in the evenings), he makes it a point to see me once a week and we always have so much fun together.
I know you make the best effort you can via text, I know you don’t want to integrate me with your child, however it’s hard to feel like our relationship is escalating when we only see each other once a week. He still wasn’t ready for me to meet his children, as a result (he is a cop) he was either working or had his kids so we could still only still each other once a week. The big thing is to know that you’re in a long-term relationship with someone who also sees the end game as marriage.
What do you think?” It may be a tough question, but you’re not attacking him or making him wrong. If you happen to be dating a divorced man you should realize the fact that a relationship that once existed is over and the man is ready to move on in life.
In fact, your moving into his life can cause disturbances in the lives of his children which you will have to try to settle. In your particular case, while you couldn’t possibly know if you have what it takes to last 40 years as a couple, you should know if he wants more than this. The new guy was great, had no kids, was very interested, had already introduced me to his friends etc. For any relationship to succeed both parties should be compassionate about each other and respect one another.
In the absence of respect things can go topsy-turvy and what would follow would be a stream of unpleasant and unwanted situations. I guess, as one gets older, and the single child free bachelors become fewer, this is a reality for women who want a partner? On the contrary you should be pleased about the fact that your man is so caring and loving for his children because that speaks miles about his commitment towards his responsibilities. To make things comfortable for yourself and the children you will have to make every effort to extend your love towards them and gain their confidence.
Remember they are children and you are the adult so efforts will have to be initiated from your end.
Initial setbacks should not be a cause of withdrawing efforts as that can lead to future troubles.
So when there are occasions when the man is spending time with his children you do not need to feel lost and lonely.Dating a guy with kids is not an easy decision to take.
Many-a-times, especially with loving fathers, the children may be the decision makers in such situations.

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