Some 2.8 million single dads live with their kids, up 27 percent from 10 years ago and nearly double the number in 1990, according to Matthew Weinshenker, assistant sociology professor at Fordham University, who analyzed 2010 census data.
(The number likely includes many joint custody arrangements.) While single dads face many of the same dating challenges as single moms, there are some differences: In a survey of 100 single fathers, the vast majority preferred to date women with children, thinking she would be more selfless and understanding of his commitment as a father, said Ellie Slott Fisher, who conducted the survey as research for her book "Dating for Dads: The Single Father's Guide to Dating Well Without Parenting Poorly" (Bantam).
So figuring out when and how to start dating after a divorce can be a real dilemma for a divorced dad.
Many dads take a long time to recover before they are ready to date again; and some are ready within a few weeks or months.
Let me tell you, I quickly learned that the single dads were, in general, the best guys I met. Parents are super protective of their kids (think about your mom and dad).
They were kind, patient, considerate, and frankly, not self-centered jerks. Introducing a new person to a child’s life is a serious thing.
That is how long you should wait before dating someone again seriously.I wasn’t ready to share my life with someone and really needed the time to grow and figure out who I was, and what I really wanted in my life.When I finally decided that I was ready to date again, I had this expectation that dating in your 30s was going to be just like dating in your 20s.Finding a way to co-parent with your ex is crucial, especially when you finally feel ready to start dating to again.Here are six tips to keep in mind now that you are dating as a single dad: 1. It’s never a good idea to jump right into a relationship again after just ending a long-term partnership.Single moms, in contrast, preferred dating men without kids to reduce complications.