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.

Even though I modeled it for jokes above, I resisted the urge to actually don and sport it around. Every situation is different, but my boyfriend is still on amicable terms with his child's mother, who also lives near us.

Matters are so peachy that she even shared me on a Google Calendar she, her boyfriend, and my boyfriend share re: who has chief parenting duties when (it's half-and-half, really).

texts sit unread and unanswered on our phones for a while. Next, single dads will over-evaluate just about everything that makes you, well, you as they decide if you’re someone that would be good in their kids’ lives. He is, however, interested in finding someone that will enhance and add important flavor and spice to his children if it ever gets that far. He may not be able to be everything that a twenty year old guy can be when it comes to meeting and falling in love.

You’re not dating just him, remember, and one of the sexiest things you can be is a good influence on his kids’ lives. But there is a huge plus side to single dads too, you know.

Either make it easy for them and tell them you appreciate environments that leave you fearing for your health, or invite them to your place for a snuggle and a movie.

Trust me, they could use a home away from home for the evening.

On that same note, single dads may not get back to you as quickly as you like. If you always need a text back within 30 seconds, a single dad is not right for you.

If you need a text back within three hours, a single dad might not be right for you. If you need a text back the same day, a single dad might not be right for you.

This kind of amazing camaraderie made me really look at past relationships I'd previously kept duct-taped in a box and tossed the way-back part of the closet.