Benefits of Dating a Single Parent

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Dating is ugly, y'all. And it only gets worse once you have kids. There is, like, zero privacy, zero money, and zero time to date. Shit. Is. Difficult.

Wanna make out on the couch once the kids go to sleep? Too bad. The youngest just woke up from a bad dream and needs to be snuggled back to sleep.

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Wanna race go-karts at the new indoor track followed by beer? Go ahead and pull $40 EXTRA dollars out of the ATM to pay the sitter after spending $100 on dinner and drinks.

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Wanna go to trivia at the local bar with your new boyfriend? No time because one kid has soccer and the other two have flag foot ball.

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Not sounding so beneficial right now, is it?

But here's the funny thing about life, it's all about balance. So while there's a laundry list (including endless amounts of laundry) of negatives to dating a single parents, there is an even longer, arguably more important list of positives.

Single parents are:

  • kind - understanding what it means to take care of another person leaves an unshakeable mark on a human, rendering them a caretaker for life.

  • generous - with time, with attention, with conversation, with support, with everything you need in a partner because that's their everyday life as a parent and they are happy to do it for someone that isn't under three feet tall.

  • creative - ever seen an overachieving single mom compete in the school bake sale? You ain't ever seen a cupcake so bedazzled in edible glitter.

  • loving - endlessly, effortlessly, endearingly loving.

  • evolved - they are past being selfish and only being able to make decisions based on the immediate relevancy to their own lives, making them expert planners and considerate humans.

  • providing - this is mentioned mainly because of the endless supply of snacks.

If you can find yourself a qualified candidate that happens to be a single parent, don't shy away from how extremely capable they are as life partners. Some of the best couples I know are one half single parent, and I'm pretty sure it's that single parent that is carrying the relationship.

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