___A woman who goes by the name “Lucky” responded to one of my Single Dad Wants posts with a moving and impassioned comment that’s too long to reprint here (scroll down for it). Your man, your divorced dad, is lucky to have someone so understanding.
As I was writing my response, I realized I was writing my next post about relationships. And while I only have limited experience with being on the dad’s side, I do have a little knowledge of what you speak.
Also be aware that you will have a whole new set of issues with step children.
There is nothing wrong with dating a divorced man and you can have a wonderful relationship, if you go into it with your eye wide open and know what to expect.
In which ways is dating a divorced man different than dating a man who has never been married?
Divorced men have more baggage than never-married men.
In a first date you are trying to make an impression.Because marriage is such a serious commitment, ex-wives tend to have more power than ex-girlfriends, even after the marriage ends.If they had kids together, she will always be in the picture, feel protective toward her kids, and feel she has certain privileges with him due to having had his children.There are plenty of single parents who use their kids to get out of almost every obligation. exercise, dating, taking responsibility for their own actions.And I have been the dad who apologized for checking his phone when a text dinged while on a date.