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Relationship advice dating divorced man

But I do know, that I push back on my kids all the time.

My fear about dating a woman without kids is more about boundaries and time management. It’s not about her wanting more of my attention or not.

The issue is my management of my relationship with my kids and my ex-wife I can use the kids to get away with murder.

With a divorced mom as a date, I know that she will understand when the kids trump our plans.

However, with a date who is not a divorced mom, the same rule applies.

In a first date you are trying to make an impression.

That “best behavior” should be the model, within reason, for the relationship going forward.

There was one little problem, however, and that was that James already had a wife.

Now, before we all get our panties in a bunch, before I get labeled the heinous man-stealer, let me toss out a few more details: James’ wife was on the cusp of no longer being his wife. But to quote Olivia Newton John in her star turn in “Grease,” What I mean to say is that over the course of those 10 hours I couldn’t knock the feeling – despite all those red flags – that James and I might still be a good match. Which brings me to now, two years into our relationship. In this day and age, the briefest jaunt through Facebook reveals significant portions of who this woman is: What she looks like, what parts of herself she likes to advertise.

Certainly things change as dating evolves into a relationship, but let’s take the first date as our benchmark for good behavior, especially on the divorced dad’s side of the dinner table.

Scenario 1: Crisis If the issue is a crisis that requires a response, I will apologize, explain the situation briefly, and respond with a text or phone call.

(“Your daughter has fallen on the playground and needs to see a doctor.”) And beware that many requests can be setup like a crisis, (“Dad, I need my science binder by 3rd period tomorrow—I left it at your house.”) when they are actually poorly formed requests. Scenario 3: The ex drops the ball“Dad, I need someone to pick me up after the cross-country meet, and I can’t reach Mom.” Things happen. And between strained ex-parents, there can be some manipulation and control going on. “Okay, count on me to be there if we can’t get your Mom to respond. But of course, go to your cross-country race, and we’ll figure it out.”Scenario 4: I’d really rather …Kids can be an excuse to get out of anything. If your divorced dad is always breaking plans because his kid is sick, getting an award, has a recital … When used in relationship, the “excuse” is often used to recover from a miss of some sort. The kids got home and all hell broke loose.” That might be okay, if your call was just a “nighty night” check-in, but if you were scheduled to talk about living arrangements, that might be an example of using the kids as an excuse for not taking responsibility.


 
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11-Apr-2014 01:57