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On The Bachelor, Jake will soon take a contestant and her seven-year-old son on a "date" to SeaWorld. As the show portrays it, this woman has been open about her single motherhood (and her hopes to find a daddy for her son).
It's interesting timing for a single parent storyline. Last week, single mom Rozlyn was dismissed for an alleged affair with a producer. She denied it happened--and then she made an accusation of her own: "ABC kept telling me to hold off and not tell Jake about [my son] yet," she told Radar Online. "At that point all the other girls knew I had a son, and they were spending time alone with Jake, and it looked like I was hiding the information."
So what about this concept of "holding off" and not telling a romantic interest about your child(ren)? According to the article, "Four Essential Single Parent Dating Tips," it's a bad idea. "I highly recommend being as open and transparent with them as possible," writes Tom Taylore, in the single parent online magazine, Inspiring Happiness. "You have nothing to lose if they don’t like you or the way you are." But he also mentions some caveats: "It’s okay to tell them that you have kids, but they probably don’t really care if your daughter started using the toilet of if your boy just got an A in math! Your date can tell that you love your children by the look in your eye when the question is asked, so on a first date, talk about something other than your kids."
There's a lot of he-said, she-said going on at The Bachelor right now. But it seems unlikely that ABC would let one woman tell Jake about her single parent status, and not allow another woman to do so. Were both ladies actually free to discuss their sons with Jake? Or did The Bachelor work in the "single mom" date—with the other mom--after Rozlyn made a fuss about how she was treated? If so, the Sea World episode doesn't sound like it's going to help make them look more tolerant. Rumor has it that Jake sends Single Mom #2 home at the end of the night.
Do you think that Jake would be less likely to choose a woman if she was a single mother?