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Dating and the Single Parent: * Are You Ready to Date? * Talking With the Kids * Avoiding a Big Mistake * Finding Lasting Love Paperback – October 1, 2012
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When children are involved, dating gets complicated. Ron Deal gives single parents--as well as those who date them--expert advice on
• How to determine if you and the kids are really ready for dating, deal with kids' fears, and recognize red lights in a relationship.
• What to expect when dating a single parent and when to start spending time with the kids.
• Things to consider before getting engaged and how to prepare for life as a stepfamily.
Let Ron Deal guide you through the emotional ups and downs of dating with kids. Includes a free online relationship checkup and questions for individual or group study.
"This book will help you see beyond the tingly feelings to determine if a dating partner will help you form a healthy family."
--from the foreword by Dr. Dennis Rainey, President, FamilyLife
"In Dating and the Single Parent, Ron Deal points out the common pitfalls and gives wise counsel in how to navigate the waters. I highly recommend it."
--Gary Chapman, PhD, author, The Five Love Languages
"You can trust Ron Deal to shoot straight with you about kids, dating, and finding lasting love."
--Dr. Kevin Leman, New York Times bestselling author of Have a New Kid by Friday
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Top Customer Reviews
For one, the author has dispelled all my fears (which were acting as enormous pressure) that if I don't remarry, and remarry soon, my children would be lacking and worse off. Yes, an intact family is best for children, but as the author takes time to explain in this book, a blended family is not an intact family, and bringing in a step-parent is quite complicated and generally more likely to have negative effects than positive effects on the children. As the author of this book so wonderfully demonstrates, children raised in a single parent household are very likely to do better than children raised with a step-parent, emphasizing the fact that if remarriage is to be done, it absolutely must be done right. I will readily admit that the idea of "my kids desperately need a good male role model in their lives" has been one of the primary driving factors behind my desire to start dating again, even though I've known for some time that I'm really not emotionally ready to date yet, as much as I would like to be. Removing the pressure of doing this for my kids removes a lot of pressure, and frees me up to think more clearly on the topic.
Secondly, the author has affirmed my approach toward building romantic relationships, which is to be quite direct in defining the relationship on a regular basis. Truly, this was awkward (and unnecessary because there should have been nothing yet to define) in high school, but I'm glad to have my approach affirmed, because I want none of the confusion and wondering of "where do I stand?" on a nearly constant basis (and for me, it is constant).Read more ›
When I picked up this book (from the library) I didn't know it was a Christian book. I just wanted to find out what I "didn't" know. So I checked it out. Although I did wonder if it was a Christian book when I saw that the foreword was by Dennis Rainey but I wasn't sure until I started reading it. When I found out it was written from a Christian perspective I was pleasantly surprised.
When I began to read the book, just a few chapters in, I was shocked by how much I hadn't considered. I often wished I could write in and highlight the book. Never before have I wanted to underline that much! That's when I knew I had to buy it.
Several times I so wanted single parents, Christian or not, to read this book because I truly believe this was a book for all single parents. So I'm glad that another person who isn't "religious" thought well of the book. Personally I'm glad it was not promoted as a Christian book because it is beneficial for All involved.
I pray this book is read by millions and tops the charts of several best sellers lists!
The author is up front and in your face with real issues -- he asks you first of all to want God's blessing in whatever you do. He asks questions so you can avoid repeating past mistakes and discern if you are ready to be serious again.
At the end of each chapter he lists discussion questions that hammer home the information, and help you to realistically look at yourself and those you are with.
The author explains the difference between "coupleness" and "familyness" which will give the reader a lot to consider. Coupleness does not equal familyness and should be kept in the forefront of every meeting and activity.
He will probably shock a lot of people about 'soul-mate' but what he says hits the mark; he is right-on and will save people a lot of heart-ache if they listen.
I liked how he promotes involving God and His ways in every area of one's life i.e. a spiritually determined purpose in dating, everyone can learn from. Here is one of the thoughts he puts forth:
"In what way is your purpose in dating blocking God's purpose for you in dating?"
Like I said, he asks thought-provoking and self-examining questions only you can answer.
One piece of wisdom I'll share here is when he says "marry someone, not as a replacement parent, but because you love them and believe they will help you raise your kids in the Lord.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I don't agree with everything the book says, it's a fantastic and solid foundation for dating when you have children. Read morePublished 5 days ago by A. L. Hadley
It wasn't difficult to read and had sound practical advice. This is definitely a good tool in learning about blended families and remarriage.Published 2 months ago by Amber Holbin
Excellent and insightful information. I had to read it for school but it has become very helpful resource for me personally as wellPublished 2 months ago by Michael
This book is very helpful. I will say, that it is definitely not an easy read. It is convicting and it is a reality check that can alleviate some of the "love is blind syndrome" if... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Happy Reader
This book is certainly beneficial for single parents who a looking to date or are already in a dating relationship. Read morePublished 3 months ago by noellemariee
This book offers a great perspective on identifying the different needs and situations of a single parent in the dating world no matter how old your children are. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ms. B
Very insightful and great tips. Would recommend reading before or while dating. Provides tips for the struggles with kids reactions and your datePublished 5 months ago by Kris
This book has some of the best advice out there. It delivers the complete story and highlights that a remarriage involves more than just the two people getting married but the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer