Community: Win Over A Single Dad This Father's Day

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By Lori Bizzoco for

With Father's Day around the corner, many single women are wondering how they can capture the heart of a single dad. "Women are unclear as to what is expected in regards to acknowledging him on this day," says Christina Roach, a professional therapist and founder of Success for Steps.

According to the Census Bureau, single fathers head up nearly two million households across the United States. As caring, emotionally invested providers, it's no wonder why it's so easy to fall in love with these men, but the stakes are higher because they're also fathers to toddlers, teens or maybe even adult children.   

Marci, a divorced woman with no children, was dating Brad, a father of two. Instead of figuring out how to share the holiday with his kids, she thought she was being thoughtful by dividing the time equally between them. Unfortunately, Brad realized that Marci didn't really understand or appreciate what was important to him and the relationship only lasted another month. After all, the holiday is created for kids to honor and celebrate their parent.

Tina B. Tessina, PhD and author of Money, Sex and Kids: Stop Fighting about the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage (Adams Media), says the message you want to convey is "I respect the relationship you have with your kids" as well as "I'm thinking about you." Following are some tips Tessina shares that she says will help warm his heart:

Ask His Children

One approach to win the heart of your man is contact his children (unless they're infants or too young to help) and plan something with them.  Make it a surprise and it will be all the more impressive. Taking a thoughtful step liking reaching out to his children will help your lover see that you not only care about him but also about the people that are important in his life. Tessina does advise that if you don't know your partner's kids well or if they're still young, kindly take a back seat on Father's Day.

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