Just remember these eight rules for dating single dads.Rule #1: Be Realistic You might be used to someone who only has you to spend his time and money on, but with a single dad, the situation will be very different. Try not to be too upset if he can't afford to take you on extravagant dates or he has to cancel because his daughter got sick. (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. Even the most macho dads can be tenderhearted nurturers when the situation calls for it. Rule #2: Know the Difference Between Expectations and Standards Standards are the things you must have in a relationship—mutual respect, attraction, fun, etc.
You might think that change shouldn’t have a significant effect on the qualities I look for in a woman, but it absolutely does.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).Hell, once they can eat and get dressed on their own, they can practically babysit themselves, right?In the four years since the birth of my daughter and the end of my relationship with her mother, I have done some dating.