I am dating a single father

OPINION: Over the past few years, I've dated a variety of men in their 40s and 50s.They've ranged in personality, profession, height and appearance, but they've all had one thing in common. I tried dating men who didn't have kids, but it never progressed. I'm a custodial parent of three, and my life necessarily revolves around my kids.Whether he has multiple children or just one and they were born yesterday or 20 years ago, I have zero interest in dealing with a man who has children.For most, this doesn’t seem like an unrealistic standard, but whenever I mention it, I get major side eye.She began dating her partner four years ago, when they were living in different cities.Ellen had 50/50 shared care with her ex, so she and Rob, who had no kids, "did the long-distance thing" for a year.

I even personally let it happen one too many times before I had to put my foot down on the confusing unhealthy behavior. The truth always comes out and I don’t want to be on the receiving end of any craziness when the woman he told me he was through with is somehow now texting me asking me who I am. Either way, it’s none of my business and I could be using my time on so many more productive things. It would be awful if a man thought that him being a father in general granted him the right to parent my child.

It’s also the perfect strategy to make you feel stupid or dramatic if you don’t buy the excuse.

I’d be leaving more than just him if it went wrong.

They married in 2014 and have been happily together ever since.

I asked Karen if there were any challenges in becoming a family."Of course," she says.

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