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“I have found that it’s much better to meet a woman through friends because the mutual connection makes you both more respectful of each other,” he says.
In many ways, the experiences of single parents sound a lot like anyone else seeking a decent date.
“It’s like climbing Mount Everest, at points insurmountable.” “Finding someone at your same life stage is a big issue, especially now when I have a daughter in college and a son in high school,” says Los Altos single dad David Mott, who has been single and dating for 10 years and writes about his experiences on
He’s had three girlfriends in the past five years and all of them wanted to have children – all while he was busy getting his own out of the house.
Gitnick soon started to date people she didn’t know. Most of the men Gitnick has dated didn’t have children of their own, which initially made her feel awkward, not knowing when she should bring it up.
Luckily, she had a wide circle of friends without children who were willing to babysit while she went out on dates with people to whom they had introduced her. Experience eventually taught her to bring it up on the first date, if not before.
Others can’t fathom mixing dating with raising kids, so they put the thought indefinitely on the back burner.
“If that scares people, then I don’t want that from the start,” she says, adding that she has been in a relationship for the past four years.
“Every time I’ve brought it up, however, I’ve been pleasantly surprised that the men have not overreacted.
But single parents face a unique challenge that ups the ante: the reaction of their own children.
“Every time a relationship has failed and broken up, there’s tremendous guilt about ever having introduced my kid to this guy,” says Gitnick.