As any of the 272,000 followers of the Instagram account “DILFs of Disneyland” will tell you, there’s just something about a man with a baby.
In fact, the data analysts at behavioral matchmaking site Zoosk recently learned that single dads receive 22% more first messages than those without children.
Like, he’d tell me about new bands, or clubs or restaurants I ‘really should try.’ He’d make fun of me for staying in on a Saturday night.” But even more than that, seeing her father running around town, literally, with younger women struck Mallory on an emotional level.
She was jealous, in a way, of all the fun he was having, and uncomfortably aware of her own passing youth.
Have you ever met the perfect guy and then – surprise! It might not be your intention to date a single dad, but this happens to many women – especially those who prefer to date older men.
Whether you’re currently dating a single dad or have your sights on a guy with kids, keep reading for helpful advice that will make your relationship run smoothly and prepare you to face unforeseen problems.
Despite all the love, we've been called every name in the book: I must be a gold digger and have daddy issues.And despite Tim's initial blow-off, we have quite a bit in common.We're both driven and goal-oriented (he's a former Navy Seal turned entrepreneur, and I am a safety specialist for a company that manufactures gear motors).“Dating single dads” may not be on your bucket list, but it turns out that single fatherhood is a mental shortcut to learning desirable traits about a potential new man.According to Joan Barnard, the Zoosk relationship expert, we’re attracted to dads thanks to a biological assumption that the man is healthy enough to procreate.(Don’t worry, we can blame our subconscious next time we ogle a young dad in the baby food aisle!) Plus, we have very real evidence that another woman pre-vetted him and decided his genetic material was worth passing on.More parents of adult children are dating, and marrying, partners who are as young as (or even younger than) their adult children.But not without consequence: When your parent dates someone near your age, it can cause rifts in your relationship, even if you’re an adult.Part of the allure can be explained by the medium: When you join a dating website, especially one with a reputation for more than hookups, you’re being deliberate about finding a partner and fatherhood generally implies the man is capable of a meaningful relationship.Not to get too Freudian, but dads – the good ones – have the personality traits you’re probably looking for in a boyfriend.