Mums and dads dating
I want some adult company and someone to stave off the loneliness that comes with solo parenting a toddler.
I was 24 when I realised I was pregnant from a very casual fling with a man who was quick to vanish when I told him. But while I could cope with my changing body and knowing life would never be the same, it was the thought that adult intimacy would be suspended indefinitely that scared me most. It started badly when I found out I was two months pregnant and had to break it to the guy I’d been seeing for a month.
I let him have fun with someone I’m seeing but I’ve learned not to let them stay over and I’m careful to make sure Freddy doesn’t get attached.
I don’t want him to think they’re part of the family. I want them to know they are with me, not filling a vacancy for a dad.
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So now I have a picture of Freddy on my Tinder and Bumble profiles.
I’ve never met one who feels he has to hide the fact he has children, but I know many women who feel conflicted about when to break the news to prospective partners. He understands every family is unique and accepts it as simply as he accepts he doesn’t have siblings.
Figuring out when to tell new partners has been a learning curve.
I used to keep it a secret, afraid men would run the second I uttered the ‘M’ word, but I’ve learned it’s far better to be upfront straight away.
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