Rule #2: Know the Difference Between Expectations and Standards Standards are the things you must have in a relationship—mutual respect, attraction, fun, etc.Expectations, however, set you up for disappointment, and they blind you when you've got something good.
Be open, be honest, and communicate clearly when it comes to these important and sensitive issues.
Rule #7: He's Not Just Looking for Another Mother to His Children Yes, it's important to show him that you can act appropriately and responsibly so that he sees you as someone who can help him raise his children, but he also needs a romantic partner on top of that.
They'll come around when they can see what a wonderful person you are.
Rule #5: Jealousy is Bound to Happen I'm not just talking about you.
"As a father raising daughters, I have to step back.
I escaped it for 17 years of parenthood, but the odds were always stacked against me.
Rule #3: Don’t Overstep Because his kids are important to him, they should be important to you, too. If he's divorced and not widowed, chances are his kids still have a mother who is very involved in their life.
Trying to get too involved too quickly will only lead to resentment from her and her children.
Rule #4: Be Yourself Generally speaking, you should never try to be something you're not.
This especially applies when you're getting to know a single dad and his children.
He ate with us at Easter and even brought flowers and a dessert. That said, this is still my daughter we’re talking about and I’m not naïve. No father likes to see his daughter cuddled with a boy.