Do single dads prefer to date women without kids?

by singlemomseeking on January 14, 2009

That’s a question we’d love to answer at

Secretly, Dr. Leah and I have always suspected that many single dads shy away from single moms. Now, for the first time ever, our worst fears are apparently confirmed.

It’s only the second week into the thirteenth season of The Bachelorand Jason Mesnick has already booted two of the four single moms off the show!

Can someone please enlighten us here?

Does a reality show like the The Bachelor really shed light on the reality of dating single dads?

We’d love to know:

Do single dads deliberately avoid single moms in order to keep the focus on their own kids?

We’ve spoken to many single dads who tell us they have already have more than enough of their own “ex drama.” They’re not interested in the complications of dating a single mom, especially her “ex drama” -– not to mention her own kid complications.

Is this true?

Feel free to leave your thoughts here — or read more over at and comment there.

Single dads: Do you avoid dating single moms?

And single moms, we’d love to hear if your experiences mirror ours!

Photo of The Bachelor listening to one of the remaining single moms on the show.

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Larissa June 4, 2016 at 8:02 pm

I’m 34 single and childless. I’m so tired of all the single dads trying to date me! I want a chance to get married, have a wedding of my own, and my own child. I don’t understand their situation and they are demanding and not understanding or patient. But they won’t leave me alone when I say I’m not interested. I personally think many single moms and dads that won’t date other single moms and dads are selfish. They want to date me because they think I can fit into their lives and I’m tired of making 95% of the sacrifices in the relationship. I think single moms and dads should date each other. They understand each other and already have a child of their own so if one doesn’t want another child it’s not the end of the world. Taking the one chance to have 1 biological kid from someone is selfish.


vee May 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Dating is challenge period. I seem to only attract dads whom are still in the relationship with their childs mother. I think people need to just stay together for the children so childfree people can have a better chance. But then there are lying cheaters who live double lives. I don’t even care if I find anyone because problems will always arise but companionship is in our human instinct. Just date people and don’t worry about being serious until you find someone who’s life can balance your own.


Rachel February 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm

By the way it’s a bit obnoxious to say a woman who doesn’t have children hasn’t learned enough “life lessons.” Having a child no more ensures maturity than not having a child does immaturity. That’s a huge generalization!


Rachel February 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm

As a single woman with no kids I’ve had the opposite experience. I dated a divorced man with two kids
His married friends asked “what was wrong with me” because I wasn’t married or even divorced. Even he once “jokingly”referred to me as an “old maid.” I had just turned 35 at the time. I understood that he didn’t want to introduce me to his kids and even he admitted that I never asked him to put me before his kids. I just feel like single dads shy away from childless women.


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