I wrote this piece about Dating with Kids, as I feel that parents who are single have unique perspectives when it comes to dating and finding a romantic partner
*First appeared on Ebony.com*
In the last 30 years or so, we’ve seen a dramatic shift in how society views single, unmarried parents. While stigma and perceptions vary by cultural group, and changes in acceptance have occurred at different paces, it’s now commonly accepted that there are unmarried people who have children seeking love and companionship.
Single mothers, particularly in Black communities, have been viewed both as strong heroines who are the backbones of their families as well as vicious destroyers of the traditional family structure. Single fathers are often demonized as deadbeat dads or heralded for their involvement in their children’s lives. Whatever the perception, the majority of single mothers and single fathers want to date, find loving happiness with a great partner and build a solid companionship that makes them and their children happiest.