Dating a young divorced guy

You've met a great guy and want to spend more time together, but his divorce, his ex and his young daughter cast a shadow over your new relationship.

Take your time getting to know your new man before taking on his daughter.

When Becky was invited to lunch by a man she met at a bookstore, she was excited.

She was ready to date and had taken time to seek God and heal after her divorce three years earlier.

I went out with a girlfriend in Montclair, NJ, to a fun place called Just Jakes. It was a little deceiving, sure, but I thought telling the guys I was a single mom would influence their answers—and I wanted raw thoughts.

It was lovely being out sans Jack, having a cold beer at the bar, surrounded by other adults enjoying drinks, conversation, and music. I videotaped their answers, transcribed what they said, and here’s what I got: “My mom was a single mom most of my childhood, so I have tons of respect for single mothers.

And as with any loss, big or small, time is needed to grieve and to reassess who you are, where you've been and where God wants you to go.If he does decide to introduce you to his daughter, be friendly and relaxed, not pushy.She's right, you aren't her mom, and you're likely to upset her -- not to mention, his ex -- if you try to adopt that role.Thompson holds degrees from Wellesley and Georgetown in psychology, political science and international relations. Even though she has decided to wait a few years until her daughter is grown to reenter the dating scene, she's confused about how to proceed.She thought her lunch date had done the same, but she quickly discovered otherwise. During their lunch, his eyes filled with tears and anguish.

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