Single dads are a different breed than single men, in a good way. A lot of great qualities come from single parenting, like being mature, responsible, caring, understanding, patient, kind. A single guy might turn out to possess these same traits. But then again, he might not.Wouldnt you rather see those qualities in action right now?Take my advice watch a single dad interact with his kids, and youll know what hes like as a person.

For the lucky women who are consideringdating a single fatherand may need a nudge, heres a list of reasons why its a great idea. Know that youre not alone Ive met (and dated) some fabulous women who love being with a single dad. And while Im sure the following list of reasons could apply todating a single mom, Ill focus on the dads simply because Im one of them. As a divorced man who has been raising my kids half-time for eight years running, Ive become a single parenting expert.

Not all single dads have all these qualities, but most come out when youre parenting kids. Watching a single dad in action will show you first-hand where hes lacking and where he shines.

When youre on your own taking care of kids, even half-time, you grow up quickly. A single dad who thinks through consequences and does whats best for his family is a man you can depend on.

when you spend that much time parenting solo, you cant help but play along with the kids. A single dad who acts silly around his children is showing you that hes comfortable with his parenting role and enjoys staying connected to their lives.

When you choose to stick around and take care of your kids, youre putting the needs of others before your own. Even the toughest single dad wont run and hide when the going gets tough; if hes involved in raising his kids, he wants to be held accountable. Single dads are good providers. Some, even, are single dads who houseclean.

A lot of men are so ego-driven, theyll never admit to making a mistake. When youre a single dad, you make plenty, and you have to own up because if you dont, your kids will hold you to it, for sure! Single dads are fallible, and that makes them humble, and human.

Okay, so maybe men give tough love more often than empathy, but we still want our kids to develop and grow. A devoted single dad with the courage to nurture alone is sticking his neck out, working in unfamiliar territory. If he shows you that, you know he wants whats best for his kids and family. Oh, and some single dads are pretty good cooks. Whats not to like about that?

Some single dads need help nurturing their kids, and a woman in their lives can help fill that role. If youre up for the challenge of helping raise someone elses kids, the feelings youll get in reward are amazing. (Someone once told me,You dont know what love is until you have children.They were right!)

when youre the only adult around kids, you have to have patience. While children are equal to adults as Beings, as Humans they usually lack the skills and knowledge to do things as quickly. Any parent (single or married, mom or dad) who helps their kid with homework, teaches them to tie their shoes, waits for a teen to get out of the shower (and brush her hair!), cant help but cultivate patience. Either that, or the parent yells a lot. As you a watch a single dad interact with his kids, youll know just how much patience he has.

life doesnt always go as planned. With kids in the picture, there are more lives, hopes, dreams, dramas, and just plain stuff that can go wrong. A single dad who keeps his cool and his sanity has learned to accept the pitfalls and challenges and disappointments that cant be controlled.

When youre the lone adult listening-ear for your kids, with no spouse to help play Mutt and Jeff roles, you soon find its healthier to put yourself in your kids shoes, rather than being their opponent. You may not always agree, but youre more prone to try to understand where theyre coming from. A single dad can make for a really great listener.

kids bring out the kindness in any creature. I know, I know, sexy women always go for the bad boys. Well, if you want to forever be treated like hisbeeyatch, go for the thug. But if you want a man to treat you with respect, a single dad might be the ticket. And just because hes Mr. Kind doesnt mean he cant be nasty in bed. (Thats where it counts, right?)

One more thing if a dad only has his kids part-time (like I do), hell still have these same great parenting qualities. But hell also have more alone time to share with you!

As someone experienced enough with online dating to be considered an internet dating expert, I know there are single women who want to start their own family from scratch and wont give single dads a chance.

But for the rest of you amazing and open-minded women, heres my advice get out there and date a single dad. Hell love it. And I think you will too.

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Alex Wise served over 5 years as relationship expert helping women from around the world figure out the men in their love lives from an honest, male perspective. Alex is one of the contributors and editors dating website. He is passionate about thought leadership writing, and regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and online dating communities.

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