I haven’t gone on a real date in almost 2 years. I think it’s because women are turned off that I am a single father. Don’t get me wrong, being a dad has been the greatest thing to ever happen to me. But before having my daughter I used to talk to girls all the time.
I’ve made a few dating profiles in the past couple years and state that I’m a dad but rarely get replies. One day I decided to hide that I am a dad to see if that was the turn off. I got replies. When I did tell the women after chatting with them they usually said something like, “That’s amazing!” They didn’t seem turned off at first but then nothing came of those relationships.
I don’t want to lie about my daughter, but how do I continue dating online and off as a single dad?
Dear Dateless Daddy,
I have to admit that I don’t date men who have children. I have in the past and had bad experiences both times (Baby Mamma Drama and then some).When I was single and looking months ago, I went online and chose not to reply to fathers. I specifically narrowed my search so that single fathers did not come up. So, yes, for many single women who don’t have children single dad’s are a turn off.
What I suggest is seeking women who have children of their own. Whether you are dating online or off, expand your search to include single mothers. They probably understand what you’re going through and may make for a great companion for you and stepmother for your daughter. Just don’t give up hope. Keep being open and meeting women anyway you can. That includes playgroups, school trips, and social gathering for parents and non-parents alike.