I Only Said “Yes” To My Kids For A Week
Yes, My Kids And I Are A Package Deal
I spotted this article on Huffington Post yesterday regarding a study done on divorced women with children and their dating habits. was conducted by the University of Texas, following over 300 mothers for two years after their divorce.
It found that women either had an adult-oriented view of dating, or a child-oriented view. In the first, parents believe that their kids can adapt and accomodate their parent's wish for a new relationship. In the latter, the parents look at their children as part of the package, and the new relationship must do the accomodating.
Women who are older, better educated and have a career outside the home tended to be more adult-oriented than their counterparts, according to the study. Well, what can I say, folks. Ellie always seems to buck the system.
I'm sitting here, a college-degreed full-time career woman in her forties and you'd better believe that my kids get veto power over anyone I bring into their life, within reason. If they decide they don't like him just because he isn't Dad or doesn't like to play Wii, that's not reasonable. But if their gut is telling them this guy just doesn't fit, I'm listening to that. I'm listening to that loud and clear.
I have no doubt that me re-entering the dating scene will involve a bit of accomodating for everyone, but the kids and I are more than just a package deal. We're a family. If some future somebody wants to join my family, it won't be at the expense of my children's relationship with me. I cannot even imagine it.
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