Any decent man will put his kids first before your relationship.
I don’t think I will always do this, and there are certain moments when the phone definitely needs to be turned off, but while my kids are still pre-college, I’m at least going to make sure there is no emergency. But then there are my boundaries with both my kids and my ex that I have to enforce as well. But when the text dings and it is, in fact, one of my kids … Let’s take this from the perspective of a first date, rather than a developing relationship.
In a first date you are trying to make an impression.
Balancing the demands of children, family, work, and friends requires patience and tenacity, and for many women, finding the perfect mate later in life may seem impossible.
When you’re young and carefree, the world is your oyster, and courting someone feels like an anticipated hobby.
The kids may feel loyal to their mother, or worse, they may think you're trying to replace the other parent.