D in the Park

I thought struck me yesterday morning. What is a fail safe way of telling if a hot dad in the park is single or not? Is there one? Are they a) better than my ex and actually have their children for more than 24 hours every two weeks and have made the decision to be proactive and entertain them by going to the park or b) are they better than my ex and giving their lovely wife/partner some well needed rest on a Saturday or Sunday morning?


It’s difficult to spot a wedding ring whilst they push their toddler on the swing or whilst they help a wobbly new walker up the steps and down the baby slide. This is a serious question for me as it is an ideal environment to meet like minded men who may understand the joys of being woken up at 6am and making the decision to drag your tired arse to the park at 8.30-9am because you have exhausted all entertainment at home already, but I don’t want to be known as the woman who loiters in the park preying on attractive single (or not) dads! Creepy!

Yesterday’s trip also made me realise that even though it is early and I have to stop by Starbucks to stop myself from drifting off on a park bench whilst Charlotte plays, I should really try harder with my appearance. I was definitely not giving off yummy mummy vibes. Hoodie, cropped yoga pants, battered converse trainers, bed head and not even a lick of mascara is not the way I’m going to lure sexy single dads into an exciting conversation on toddler preferences of scooters or bikes or a discussion on how many times they’ve watched Frozen and whether they know all the words to all the songs yet. Must try harder!

Single Parent Pessimist


  1. athenasaxena

    28/09/2014 at 10:52 am

    wow i wish my husband is somewhat like them lol, i like your posts ill follow your blog, please visit my blog too 🙂 http://www.athenasaxena.wordpress.com and if you have time like my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/athenasaxena.ph xoxoxo

  2. northmelbournemum

    28/09/2014 at 11:20 am

    A good single dad may probably appreciate the conversation more than mascara!

  3. Claire Jacobs (@vampybear)

    29/11/2014 at 10:44 pm

    i often enjoy going to parks at weekends and seeing the “part time dads” as i call them, taking their kids out followed by a burger as their parenting for the week lol. I tend to look at hands for wedding rings, and also look at how they are with the kids to see if they look like they live with them full time (so a partner more likely)
    My logic is rather odd!

    1. theperfectjuggler

      29/11/2014 at 10:52 pm

      Oh my lord, what is it with dads and McDonalds. I worked out that in the 26 hours my ex had charlotte lat weekend they went to McD’s twice. Shes three!! Had to hold myself back from throwing the bloody Crappy meal toys at his head!

  4. Tonja Lourdes

    16/04/2015 at 7:53 pm

    I’m convinced that the dad’s who are overly enthusiastic and passionate toward their child are the single dads. I’m dating a single dad (so I guess he’s not single? But we aren’t married). Whenever I watch him in the park with his son, he’s overflowing with excitement compared to the other dads. Great post!

    1. theperfectjuggler

      16/04/2015 at 9:33 pm

      Ooo great tip, thanks! I’ll keep my eyes peeled! ?

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