Rules for dating women with children
All you need to say is “I have children” or “my children are grown.” A decent person doesn’t need to know anything more than that to decide whether or not they’d like to go on a date with you.
You are not doing yourself any favors by dumping on your ex or detailing your five-year custody battle.
The best thing for a step-parent to do is to merely Much like the 10 Commandments being the basis for our modern legal system, this list is just a starting point for dating as a parent.
There are a number of fine books on dating for single parents out there, but until you’ve read a few, keep these tips in your back pocket in case of emergency.
We came up with the idea for a self-help dating book called The Rules after many, many dinners with single girlfriends at the now-defunct Sung Chu Mein, a Chinese restaurant on the Upper East Side in New York City—it was sort of like Sex and the City, but before Sex and the City!
Trust me, the rest of us have no desire to try to replace your child’s other parent, but when you talk about it so much, it makes us start to wonder.