Just remember these eight rules for dating single dads.
Rule #1: Be Realistic You might be used to someone who only has you to spend his time and money on, but with a single dad, the situation will be very different. Try not to be too upset if he can't afford to take you on extravagant dates or he has to cancel because his daughter got sick.
What I'm trying to say is this: Prioritize the things that are important to you in a relationship, and then keep those in mind.
It's good to hold the guy you're dating, single parent or not, to high standards—he should treat you well and make you feel good about yourself, yet it's not good to throw away a healthy relationship because you expect to have a monopoly on his free time or expect his kids to adore you immediately.
I fell in love at 25 with Daniel, a recently separated single parent, who I’d known (and secretly adored) since my teens.
His previous relationship had been turbulent, and his ex had left the country with her older children (from a previous relationship), leaving Daniel and their child behind.
So it’s best to uncover and talk through those pitfalls well in advance of any long-term moves.
“It can be tough to explain to a child-free person just why you can't be spontaneous, or why your adult partner can almost never be your number one priority,” Roberts explains.Up until this point, I had been single, living with my best friend, and doing everything girls in their mid-20s do.I saw friends, went out a lot, and spent my money freely, without hesitation.Rule #2: Know the Difference Between Expectations and Standards Standards are the things you must have in a relationship—mutual respect, attraction, fun, etc.Expectations, however, set you up for disappointment, and they blind you when you've got something good.My life was about to change so rapidly, I barely had time to consider the compromises I was making, or appreciate all the wonderful things I was gaining in exchange.From the get-go, Daniel was clear that he and his 2-year-old daughter came as a package. And when you bring single parents, their former partners, and their children into the mix, things get even messier.But that doesn't mean that every attractive single dad you meet is off limits!Emma, who recently married a man with a nine-year-old daughter, agrees.“The most difficult thing is understanding that you'll never be his number one priority.