No kids were ever on the planning horizon and I’m grateful that I bypassed that lifetime connection with this woman. With children, you’ve got an entirely different set of circumstances.
You might have some really great ideas about how you think she could do things, and you might have some strong ideas about how children should behave. You're at the mercy of custody agreements, parent-teacher conferences, skinned knees, stuffy noses, and — buy her wine for this one — lice. Throw everything you know about Sunday Funday out the window.
"Once the boyfriend is introduced there is no going back, and expectations are raised," she adds.
What to do instead: Time is the best measure of knowing when to introduce the children.
For example, "I'm going to have dinner with a man/woman that I met at work.
We're going to talk for a few hours after dinner and then I'll be home. Chances are good that he or she already has a good idea of what dating is all about! For example, "I'm going out on a date with (person's name) on Friday.
Until the mini people are old enough to get their own cereal and turn on the cartoons, there's no such thing as sleeping in.