There are plenty of single parents who use their kids to get out of almost every obligation. exercise, dating, taking responsibility for their own actions.
And I have been the dad who apologized for checking his phone when a text dinged while on a date.
That “best behavior” should be the model, within reason, for the relationship going forward.
Certainly things change as dating evolves into a relationship, but let’s take the first date as our benchmark for good behavior, especially on the divorced dad’s side of the dinner table.
If you want to date, you'll have to make time in your life for it.Point Two: Divorce is very different if you have kids.