Dating for parent

When the bill came, we split it, not thinking twice.

In my family, there’s an old saying that the teenagers will always come home safe and sound and on time from a date because they know daddy’s waiting on the front porch with a shotgun.

My son, Jack, 6, was playing with his 4-year-old, Gabe. He was cute, laid-back, and about 10 years older than me. But then Tall Eric gave me his card and asked me to be in touch. You rely on costly babysitters because there’s no father to step in every other weekend.

Tall Eric and another guy were occupying the nearest bench, so I rested my arms on the fence, watching the kids. Meeting new people can seem impossible and exhausting.

Model Healthy Relationships Being a good role model to our kids as we interact with our spouses and others is the first step toward ensuring they’ll develop healthy connections as teens and adults, Ponton and Brown say.

When the children had taken enough bites, we let them wander to the homemade candy counter.

Tall Eric slid into my side of the booth and put his arm around me.

As Eric spoke, I began imagining what my life would be like if Jack’s dad were a part of his life — and mine.

I would have weekends off to go running, to sleep in — and to go on a kid-free date.

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