The willingness to date or pursue a relationship with a single parent requires patience and understanding.
It can take time to develop a comfort zone, not only with a new person, but also with the kids and with the new person as a parent as well.
Try not to take it personally – they probably would want to spend more time with you if they could.Every time a single parent makes a date they have to find suitable, affordable childcare for their kids and this isn’t always easy.Meeting for lunch when the kids are at school, or on the weekends if they go to stay with other family members, are sometimes better alternatives to traditional evening dates.If you feel ready to date, there is no reason to wait for the perfect time or until the nest is empty. After all, they have had you to themselves for quite a while, and now they have to share. Take some time to find out about this new man; his interests, work, and hobbies. Children get uncomfortable when there's a parade of men taking their Mom out.
It's fine to talk about your kids, but keep it to a minimum. It's a good idea to keep your dates private until things start to get serious.This is important because you cannot separate the parent from the children. Often, the attention, time and resources that a parent devotes to his/her children can make one feel jealous or resentful. Single parents are likely to set basic boundaries with regards to their children. Sometimes when we meet the kids we want to make a good impression.