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7 Things You Should Know When Dating Someone With A Child

It's honestly the coolest thing.


Seeing someone with a child is far different than seeing someone without. They have a different set of roles and responsibilities than most people do, and you'll quickly learn your relationship doesn't just involve you. Here are seven things you should know when getting involved with someone who has a child.

1. The kids will always come first

And that's exactly the way it should be. If you can't handle not being your significant other's first priority 24/7, then you might not be the person best suited for this relationship. You have to learn to put your own needs second.

2. Life is easier when you respect the other parent

It takes two to tango, and two to make a child. Hopefully, you're in a situation where as both parents are still happily involved in their children's lives. In that case, life is ten times easier when you respect the other parent. After all, you're becoming involved in their child's life, and they could easily decide they don't want you in the picture.

3. You won't replace the other parent

Unless the other parent is totally uninvolved in their child's life, they already have a mom and dad; they don't need a new one. As a child of divorced parents, I hated when my Dad's girlfriends tried becoming my new Mom when I already had one. You're not their new Mommy or Daddy just because you're dating one of their parents.

4. Kids aren't all fun and smiles

Just like we have bad days, kids have bad days. Sometimes they'll cry, whine and not understand how they feel. You have to be patient and understanding.

5. And sometimes they'll misbehave

No matter how angelic they may act the first time you're around them, no child is perfect all the time. Even the best-behaved kids can be bad sometimes. In those moments you have to breathe, keep your cool, and not overstep your boundaries.

6. On that note, understand there are boundaries

Having open and clear communications with BOTH parents will clear any confusion on what those boundaries may be.

7. Kids are so easy to fall in love with

Kids have a special way of creeping into your heart before you even realize it's happening. Soon, you'll find yourself loving them in a way you didn't know you could love before, and it's so rewarding.

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Why You Should Stop Chasing Him

You deserve better.

They say “the thrill of the chase" makes someone more enticing. There's just something about wanting something you can't have that drives you crazy (in a good way). There is never a dull moment. Pursuing him is a challenge. Nothing comes easily. What's the fun in that anyway?

I'm going to tell you this: stop chasing him. Stop forgiving him when he forgets to answer your text messages and phone calls. Stop being the one to always make plans. Stop letting him bail on you. Stop waiting around for him. Stop being lied to. Stop making excuses when he doesn't make time for you. There is a difference between someone who is “hard to get" and a flat out jerk who doesn't give you the time of day. Stop letting him use you.

You deserve to be with someone who makes you fall asleep every night in the middle of texting him because neither of you want the conversation to end. You deserve someone who plans dates for the two of you. You deserve someone who asks you to hang out before midnight. You deserve someone who wants to spend time with you just as much as you do with them. You deserve someone who insists on paying for your ice cream. You deserve someone who won't deceive you. You deserve someone who is straightforward. You deserve attention. You deserve affection. You deserve a partnership that is mutual, not one-sided. You deserve to be chased.

You are better than 3 a.m. “Hey" texts. You are better than a night spent watching a movie just to fool around. You are better than trying to decode his vague messages. You are better than his shadiness. You are better than mind games. You are better than being ignored.

If you have to chase him, he's not worth it. Don't settle for someone who makes you beg for his attention. If he is genuinely interested in getting to know you, he will put in the effort. A relationship where your feelings are reciprocated is far more rewarding than one where you constantly feel like you have to drag him along.

Change your mentality. Become more independent. Be confident, be bold. Find happiness in being alone. Don't waste your time pathetically chasing after someone who doesn't feel the same, but doesn't have the heart or the courage to tell you so. Your self-confidence and positivity will make you radiant, and eventually, you will attract the kind of guy who is mature enough to not mess with your head.

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Ghosting Is Not Only Annoying, It’s Childish—Get Your Act Together And Respond

It's time to stop ignoring conversations.


The term ghosting is defined as the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication. (Also, how sad is it that it actually has coined definition.) Whether you are ignoring your co-worker, friend, tinder match, mom, I can guarantee you that everyone, at least once, has ghosted on someone.

And it's understandable. That's how our society is built now. If you don't like something, you stop using it and move on to something else. If you don't want to be in a conversation, you ignore it and move to the next conversation. But when you begin to do that with every conversation, you are no longer communicating. You're just being childish.

Ghosting is easy because if you don't like how the conversation is going, you can just exit out of your messaging app and pretend it never happened. But the problem is that the other person that's involved with that conversation can't pretend like it never happened. The intention behind the ghosting is still there. Whether you are mad at that person, feel uncomfortable, or just don't want to listen what the other has to say, the receiving communicator will still know what you're feeling because you can't think of a response. The "ghoster" just couldn't face their issues and decided to hide behind a screen. And that's infuriating. If you can't handle the responsibility or responding, you shouldn't be able to start a conversation at all.

Of course, it's easier said than done, but we need to get back into the habit of finishing conversations. We need to be able to face our problems and know how to communicate them to others. We need to understand true interaction if we want to be able to have a real relationship with other people. So stop being annoying. Stop being childish. Respond.

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