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Drawing the Line: Significant Others With Children

Recently, I’ve noticed that many DearSugar readers have questions, opinions, or concerns about dealing with a significant other’s child's mother. While I personally think writing someone off just because they have kids is a little over the top, I do think it’s important to understand that dating someone with a child is going to require different compromises and sacrifices. But while accommodating the relationship between your boyfriend and his ex is a necessity, it should not dictate the nature of your own relationship.

Obviously your boyfriend and his ex’s relationship can walk a thin line between necessary and inappropriate, but to tell you the truth, I’m not sure where that line stands. So I need your help on this one — where is the appropriate line between a significant other and his baby’s mama? Is there one or does anything go in this particular type of relationship?


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