Dating with kids

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We decided to wait six months before my first meeting with his girls: a trip to the arcade at Castle Park in Sherman Oaks. “He’s a director,” I told my friend L., absently fiddling with the lighter in my hand. We went to Club 33 at Disneyland and he treated me to couples massages and pool time at the Four Seasons spa. I was starting to wonder what our relationship would look like when it became a story for four, instead of two.Instead, I wanted someone to join us and add to our happiness.“I know it’s against your nature,” she said,”but when it comes to his kids, be a cat, not a dog. (Beth Reno)David’s daughters are sweet and smart, loving and funny and generous and affectionate … I tried to relax, think of the stretch of time ahead of us, remind myself there’s no rush. But life had gotten busy, and for a few days I was swiping right on Coffee Meets Bagel without my normal due diligence. Both seemed nice, but I was having trouble keeping them... Like a puppy dog, I wanted to cuddle up to them and play, but I remembered her advice not to overwhelm them, so I pretended like this was all no big deal, and tried to find the feline inside. I normally Internet stalk my online dating connections pretty thoroughly.I planned on keeping my married name, raising my 2-month-old daughter alone, and living out some kind of disservice.

Not sure what to look for when it comes to a date-night babysitter?You’re going to want to hug them and bond with them, but it’ll be better if you relax and hang back. I had already fallen in love with their father, so what would I do if they didn’t like me? “He’s a director,” I told my friend L., absently fiddling with the lighter in my hand. Because my own parents are divorced, I know what it’s like when Dad has a girlfriend.Wait for them to come to you.”The advice came from my dear friend Jennifer, who has a stepfamily of her own and understands that it takes time and patience to blend and bond. Months later, in a quiet moment, I told the girls as much, and let them know it’s OK to have any range of feelings about all this.Whether or not you were recently in a relationship, dating with kids isn't exactly simple."Time is the biggest obstacle," says Honoree Corder, the blogger behind The Successful Single Mom and author of a book by the same name."There are already so many demands on a single parent's time, taking time out to date can feel like a luxury they can't afford.

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