We are all free to make up whatever dating preferences we want.They are called personal preferences for a reason and we don’t need the approval of anyone else when it comes to what we like.

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When they tell you that they don’t want these things they are lying! Early 40’s with small children – although these women are closer to your age (not really) they are at a completely different stage.

They are raising small kids and are looking for someone to be a partner.

But when deciding to date a woman with a child, you should be clear about your expectations for the relationship upfront with yourself and her.

In other words, if you’re still in the “dating just to date” phase of your life, involving a woman with a child is probably not the type of relationship you should engage in because your actions will more than likely impact the lives of two people — the woman and the child.

Kathryn Rateliff Barr has taught birth, parenting, vaccinations and alternative medicine classes since 1994.

She is a pastoral family counselor and has parented birth, step, adopted and foster children.

While the age of the child plays a factor, if you’re not looking for anything serious, you shouldn’t play the “I’ll figure it out” game with a ready-made family.

Further, if you’re not a kid person or don’t want kids, you should not date a woman with kids to see if you’ll change your mind.

Dating isn't a single mom's top priority, so help her arrange things so she can get out with you.

Let her know you understand that her kids come first.

Divorce is a type of death and requires a process of grief, even when one may have desperately wanted the divorce. Most men live with guilt post-divorce, even when a divorce is more than warranted. BTW, if he's separated versus divorced, consider that a red flag. If he has a hostile relationship with his ex, you can expect a lot more complications than what will already naturally exist when dating or living with a guy who has kids.