All relationships have their challenges, especially at the beginning when you are first getting to know each other.Few people live in isolation and ideally you will have a few dates to get to know the other person, and how you feel about them, before the wider circumstances of their life – like their family, friends, and job – begin to have an impact.Even though you know that is how it should be, it may still cause feelings of jealousy – whatever you do don’t nag or complain for more – this is likely to make your date feel like they have taken on another child rather than an adult date. The ex – many parents don’t live together but share responsibility for raising their children which means your date will still be in regular contact with their ex – this may be the best thing for the kids but it can bring up difficult feelings for you – if you really can’t handle it then maybe this isn’t the right relationship for you. Parenting – some people assume that if they are dating a single parent they are expected to take on a parenting role themselves. Concentrate your efforts on developing a good, solid relationship with your date and as time goes on talk to them about the role they would like you to have in their children’s lives. Disharmony –when you meet your date’s children they may not like you, or you them.This is a difficult situation but it is important to remember that just like with any other relationship it will take time for trust to develop – the kids might feel very loyal to their absent parent or may be misbehaving because they are upset by all the changes in their life.In other words, if you are a single parent, you’re far from alone – there are thousands in the same boat, many of whom are looking for a committed relationship with a partner who understands their situation.Whether you're a single dad or a single mom, dating and parenting both make demands on your time.Being a high-flier can also cause issues if one partner becomes more successful than the other.The study also found that having a bad relationship can make you mentally ill.
‘This can leave them feeling very anxious, constantly checking how well they are doing.’They are then more likely to turn on their partner when reality falls short of their expectations, she said.Meeting for lunch when the kids are at school, or on the weekends if they go to stay with other family members, are sometimes better alternatives to traditional evening dates. Time – it might be frustrating for you if you want to spend time with your new love and they simply can’t get away.Try not to take it personally – they probably would want to spend more time with you if they could.Couples with teenage children are at risk of breaking up because they suffer from ‘lost youth envy’, experts say, with many becoming unhappy when they see their children partying and dating (file photo)‘Memories of the excitement you felt in childhood come back, making it all the harder to deal with disappointment,’ she explained.This leads to a sharp rise in the number of couples seeking relationship counselling in January.