Ex-etiquette: Do dating and kids mix?

  • by: Jann Blackstone , McClatchy-Tribune News Service
  • Updated: May 14, 2013 - 2:26 PM

Q: I have boys ages 7 and 4 with a man who takes no interest in them and hasn’t seen or communicated with them in about two years. Up until about six months ago, I never dated. I’m now in a relationship with an incredible man who also has a 4-year-old daughter. I can see my boys getting attached quicker than I anticipated. I absolutely don’t want to be selfish, or jeopardize my boys having more “daddy issues” because of someone else not being there in the future, but I also don’t want to pass up something that truly seems so wonderfully positive in all our lives. A part of me questions why I would even consider doing something that puts the boys at risk in any way. The only alternative I can see would be to never date anyone until they’re grown.

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