I hate to admit that I was jealous of a three year old. After all, he’s three and I’m old enough to know better.
Sadly, Dan was in a no-win on this one because if his attention had NOT been on his baby when we were together, I would have considered him a negligent parent not worth seeing and walked on the spot.
Thankfully his son was not a shrieker or a goblin, but an adorable and well-behaved little boy. As our relationship progressed, talk of a shared future together organically emerged.
When he asked if I wanted to one day have kids, I responded honestly: I don’t know.
This was one thing I had always feared about dating a parent, and it completely came true.
Other gross feelings crept out of their hiding places in my psyche too.
This is what people mean when they say "it's a package deal."These days, with the divorce rate hovering close to 50 percent, the likelihood of dating a man with children is pretty high.
Dating a divorced dad has many unique challenges that you won’t face with childless men.
Because I was not feeling particularly excited about the part-time parenting role that I was starting to play.
Months rolled along, and surprising feelings clawed their way out of my gut that I was totally unprepared for.
Yet being around someone who was always gushing about how much he loved his son made me feel somehow inadequate.