0056 – Tips for Dating a Single Parent


How should you approach dating a single parent?

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by the end of this episode you’ll learn:

  • Issues dating a single parent
  • Top mistakes you can make when dating a single parent
  • Tips on dating a single parent and staying respectful

Describe the problem

Scheduling issues, family emergencies, and being relegated to ‘silent sex’ else you’ll be spied by a shifty second grader whose ass should’ve been sleep an hour ago…Tyler! Ahhh, the joys of dating someone with a child. It is really as bad as Steve Harvey and Tyler Perry’s movies make it out to be? Or can you find a way to love your new partner, despite Tyler eyeballing you every chance you turn around?

Segment #1

  • Issues dating a single parent
    • GoodMenProject | How to Date a Single Mom
      • My Time… Not Yours – One of the major obstacles that I’ve faced being a single mom and dating is that many guys don’t understand how much time it takes to be a parent. Now women may be lucky enough to come across a guy with a child(ren) of his own who understands this, but more often than not, many men without kids don’t understand that raising a child actually takes time. She may not be able to sit and have long, endless conversations with you while her child is awake, as her child should/will always come first. Guys also sometimes tend to get annoyed hearing a child constantly talking or asking questions in the background. She may very well miss a call or three because she’s helping her kids with their homework, or getting them ready for bed. Understand that and accept that she’s a mom first. If the woman you’re dating is an active parent (which you should hope that she is), this is just something that comes with the territory. Respect it or move on.
    • JudgyBitch.com | Dating single mothers? Just say NO! A note for all the single dudes.
      • Second, single mothers are clearly really, really [crappy] at making life decisions.  Having a child out of wedlock is pretty much the number one thing you can do to [mess] up your life.  You can pick up a heroin addiction, drop out of high school, rob a bank or decide to write the great American novel financing yourself on your credit cards. All of those things can be fixed.  You can go to rehab, get your GED, get parole, and pay off those cards.  But once you have a child, you cannot take it back.  It’s done.
    • Chef Jeff Cooked.com | Reasons to Date a Single Mom
      • They are more responsible. Single moms are one of the most responsible creatures on the planet. They will protect their kid with fierce devotion and they will take responsibility for their own actions and for their offspring’s actions. A single mom is very responsible and does not walk away from problems. You can expect a single mom to be as responsible and honest to you about everything concerning your relationship.

Segment #2

  • Tips on dating a single parent
    • Every Joe.com | Tips for Dating a Single Mom
      • No Game Playing. “Texting games?! Ain’t nobody got time for that!” That’s right. Single moms are so incredibly busy and have such hectic schedules, there’s just not enough time for her to sit around and play flirtatious mind games, as is per usual with the standard dating courtship rituals of the child-less. Again, time is a limited resource, and as such, single moms just don’t have the time to dedicate to wondering where this courtship is going. The best thing to do is to be honest and upfront when dating a single mom. Tell her exactly what it is you’re looking for, whether it be something casual and lighthearted (which could be exactly something she needs/wants), or if you are potentially looking for something more serious.
    • Madame Noir | Can I Call You Step Mom? Tips For Dating A Single Parent
      • Flexibility is Vital – With time constraints and other random events that can happen, it’s important to stay flexible when you are dating a single parent. Your partner is already trying to juggle a lot of things at once, and with no one to split the responsibilities with, things can be even worse. Be flexible with your time and your schedule in hopes that your calendars will match up eat least for a couple days each week. If possible, keep your schedule as flexible and open as you can.
    • From Beauty Queen to Baby Mama | So You Wanna Date a Single Mom: 10 Tips on what ya need to do
      • DON’T think that just because we are mothers now that we are ruined women and all romance goes out the door. We still wanna be pursued, we still deserve to be pursued. Send us a sweet message. Wash our car. Open the door. Send us flowers. I don’t care what any girl says, flowers are always legit and you can’t ever be upset when receiving them… unless you are deathly allergic. In that case, send chocolate or a pack of Monster Low-Carb.
    • Dating Corners | Seven Tips for Dating a Single Parent
      • Know the boundaries. Single parents are likely to set basic boundaries with regards to their children. These boundaries can range from time devoted to children, to dietary/nutrition concerns, to when late night guests are acceptable. It will save everyone a lot of angst if you simply ask your date and openly discuss how you can help make this a positive experience for all concerned.


Final Thoughts:

  • Elijah’s Thoughts
  • Sarah’s Thoughts


In Closing

In closing, on behalf of my fantastic co-host, Sarah J. Storer, author of “How to be Dumped: The Definitive Breakup Guide” I want to thank you for spending time with us today, now let’s continue the conversation at relationspodcast.com/[ShowNumber] and:


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