Dating for single parents is an extreme act of orchestrating: time, your needs, your dates’ needs, and, most of all, the needs of your children. Find a mature partner “There’s no other time I can think of that you need to be an adult more than when you date as a single parent,” says Ottawa marriage and family therapist Kathryn Guthrie.Troy Hutchison, 36, from London, Ont., had to be an adult early in life.
She said: ‘I feel like I’ve been grounded.’” Hutchison couldn’t hang out at the bar on Fridays or go to parties on Saturdays.
His parents lived in another town, and babysitters are expensive. And the girls weren’t looking to hang out with kids—they were in their 20s, more interested in seeing bands than babies.
But after a string of unsuccessful relationships, Hutchison met Cherie Gibson at the record store he manages.
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There’s a man in my house and he’s not my dad,” an outraged five-year-old Kevin* tells me when I go to visit my friend Tara Jenkin* (who had recently split up with Kevin’s father). Then you have to make all the elements gel—you and the kids and the new love interest.
I watch as Kevin, grinning maniacally, jumps on Jenkin’s new boyfriend’s back and pulls down his pants. Finally, there’s the potential that the relationship may not work out, and both you and your kids have to say goodbye.
Dating is hard, but with a kid in the picture, it’s much harder.” How hard is it? Also, this someone needs to be really OK with you being a parent.
“They may actually genuinely think they’re being replaced.
Accept that dating is hard “You never know what’s going on in kids’ minds,” says psychotherapist Naomi Galloway.