Advice on dating women with children

by  |  24-Oct-2016 11:02

High school sweethearts, we married a year after I graduated and by the time we separated we had three kids, ages 14, 11 and 9. Well, I hadn't been in any relationship except the one with my husband since I was 18. The truth is, finding people to date post-divorce may be more difficult. You will now need to consider not only whether or not your prospective partner is suitable for you, but also if said partner is suitable to co-parent. My advice is to pay attention to potential singles in the produce aisle, as right away, you know they're healthy. But, at some point your mortality is likely to catch up to you, and you will realize that you don't want to be alone forever.

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But it's also tough, she adds, because once you're on the dating scene you can feel like a teenager again, in that shaky, unconfident, not-sure-if-he'll-call sort of way.

So how can you make post-divorce dating—whether you're looking for a good time or a good (relationship-minded) man—less daunting?

He was happy to put the matter aside and enjoy what at that point was still just a fling.

During the first few years of their relationship, Katie’s desire to remain child-free came up occasionally, but Max says he “never took it as a fundamental precept of her life philosophy, an unyielding commitment that she had.” And as she grew closer to Max and his large, happy family, her stance gradually softened.

“Never” became “if,” which eventually became “when.” Max and Katie have now been together for six years and plan to start a family together at some point in the not-too-distant future.

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