But that’s exactly what happened, and two years later, I’ve learned all about the highs and lows of this sometimes joyful, sometimes awkward situation.
There are a lot of articles that will tell you how to forge a healthy relationship with your partner’s child.
Travel will be tough, too – your partner is unlikely to have the freedom to go away for a two-month backpacking adventure through Europe.
If you are on the fence about wanting kids, forcing yourself into a pre-established family adds so many pressures, and it’s not necessarily worth the hassle unless you live somewhere where there are truly few to no other dating options.
Do you have a significant part of your personality that is nurturing?
" Peter Sheras, a clinical psychologist at the University of Virginia, and the author of "The commitment is the most important piece because, when there's commitment, that becomes obvious to the kids."Being true to yourself and your partner is key.
Not every dating relationship reaches the level of commitment that necessitates including the kids.