In my situation, a lot of times, I felt like the dad who’d been there from day one.My heart was softened by the pure nature of my love for her and it automatically extended to her child. I now think about financial security and my health differently. I want to make sure I’m living to be a good role model.Dating a single mom forces you to learn and practice a deeper level of understanding and compassion.

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When you take on the role of being a stepparent, it’s not just being a dad as long as you’re married.

It’s forever and children deserve that commitment from you.

Once your late 20s-early 30s, being a relationship with a single mother is a serious possibility.

It’s not a situation to be taken lightly because being in a position to shape a child’s life as a chosen, additional parent is an honor.

We see it in celebrity culture – the Kardashian/Jenner clan and Will Smith’s family for instance.

As a society, we’ve come to welcome non-traditional family units.

Coupled with the idea of finding someone to love again, I know that the idea of attaching myself to a kid that isn’t mine is too much.

The relationship that develops between a man and his child starts before the child is even physically in this world.

Her children's games are the only ones she wants to play. Feel like she's perfect except you don't want kids?

It's probably best you move along if either of you wants something long-term.2. Instead of pretending you know what it's like, ask questions and be humble. It's also a real question that single moms actually hear. Don't be surprised — or rude — when she hasn't heard the latest from Beyoncé or seen any movies.

If it doesn’t, the unfortunate pitfall is that you’ve developed a bond with a child that may find out one day his/her father held negative opinions about you. No matter how good your intentions are, it could leave a damaging effect on them as adults knowing that their other parent never accepted you.