This comment was by Joel on the post- Dear Divorced Dad, Please Don’t Make Us a Surrogate for What You’ve Lost by Jordan Walsh
After I got divorced, I was open to dating women with children, but I only viewed my responsibilities as they might be way into the future, with me installed as their stepfather. I didn’t consider the present, with me as a mere romantic passerby with great influence nonetheless. But it’s important.
This connects really well to the last episode of The Bachelor (stick with me…) wherein Ben spent a day with a woman and her two very young daughters. He played with the kids, laughed with them, teased them — and that very night, sent their mom packing. Clearly he wasn’t ready to be a Dad. None of that makes him a jerk — though I don’t think it’s particularly responsible for parents of either gender to participate in tawdry matchmaking shows — but it does mean extreme caution and care is warranted when any man, particularly one with kids, dates a woman with children
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