This is a comment by Gordon on the post “Can I Date a Single Dad?“
“Your last sentence says it all! You really cannot say that you would or would not be able to do it until you’re in the situation. I’m a single full-time father and I freely admit that it is a difficult task for anyone to date me. If giving advice to anyone interested in dating a single parent, I am always honest and state that they should proceed with extreme caution. Normal relationships are difficult without throwing a 3rd person into the mix.
“But this isn’t just the single child-less persons difficulty with that dynamic, the parent-partner needs to be understanding of that added stress and must also take great care in not being offended when that ‘well-meaning’ advice is given. I’ve seen a great many people take offense at someone elses advice, solicited or not. I’ve also dated single mothers and that whole Brady Bunch style familial relationship can be very difficult. The logistics of planning any given days activities alone is enough to send someone to the asylum.
“But I’m a firm believer that regardless of what difficulties arise from baggage, people who care about eachother will work to make it work! No relationship is effortless, and the resulting bond is equivalent to the amount of effort put into building it.”
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