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I've dated ("dated") divorced dudes before, which might be a little similar, but this relationship marks my first with a parent.
When the relationship was brand-spankin' new, a lot of close friends lamented renditions of, "I could never DATE A PARENT." They echoed sentiments of kids being deal breakers. Everyone has a past and brings baggage into a relationship. Although, of course, I find my partner's child a deeply charming, fun, hilarious little human who doesn't qualify as "baggage." You know what I mean.
It inspires you to be more mindful of your own spending habits. Like when you're running late to meet a friend because you're stuck in a child-stuffed lantern parade one town over, you're not allowed to bitch and force your S. to help you summon an Uber to pick you up, STAT—because he's too busy pushing the kid on a skateboard inside the festivities to indulge your princess agenda.
As such— So when the kid asks, "Why are you wearing lipstick? It makes you take a more discerning look at this princess agenda and brainstorm ways to be more reasonable in general.
More than anything, I think it's helped me recognize the hard fact that all humans have faults and, in general, good intentions. (Though to be fair, I can't take credit for the calendar.
That's all his superstar ex's handiwork and maturity.) I actually muted #dadbod from Twitter and had to fake a million smiles for people trying to relate to me by bringing the meme up IRL. They can fix toys, tape hockey sticks and build a mean LEGO tower. (They also know really cheesy family-friendly jokes.) 13. Because of his kids, he still treats his ex and her family with respect. He values character and commitment over shallower qualities. He’s unselfish, having learned to put his youngsters first. Single dads are playful and have a great sense of humor. If you make the cut, he’s serious about the relationship. If he doesn’t have full custody, he likely has every other weekend free. Looking forward to creating some new experiences together now.A few years ago, I started cracking jokes regularly about hot dads. (French-braiding a 6-year-old’s hair is tricky.) 3. Nothing helps someone “grow up” faster than a dependent child. He understands his role as a leader and role model. Dads are protective and create safe environments for their loved ones.