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Dear Wendy: “How Do I Mention My Dad’s Recent Death On A First Date?”

I took a break from the online dating pool for about four months because my dad was in the final stages of cancer. He passed away in July, and I’ve been back in the online dating waters for a month or so now and am having trouble deciding what’s appropriate to share about my dad’s death on a first date. I feel that I have taken time to focus on myself and deal with my feelings, and I can talk about his passing very easily because of the work I’ve done on myself. However, in the few dates I’ve had these past few weeks, the topic of family, whether my parents are still together, what my relationship with my parents is like, etc. naturally comes up. I don’t like lying, especially on a first date, but I also don’t want to bring down the room by saying, “Oh actually, my dad’s dead.” I don’t feel uncomfortable telling people he passed away recently, but it seems to make some guys uncomfortable, like I’m telling too much too soon. Is this a case of “Well, if the guy can’t handle it , hen that’s his problem” or more of a “Hey, stop revealing so much about yourself on a first date”? I don’t make the subject of his death into a long drawn-out discussion — it’s just a fact of my life. Is there “proper” etiquette for handling this? — WWMMD (What Would Miss Manners Do)

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First Date Confessions We Wish We’d Never Heard

We ladies take on an awful lot of the responsibility when a date goes bad. But sometimes it’s just not our fault. Sometimes the guys we date just don’t know when to shut up, and end up saying rude, stupid or downright utterly shocking things to us. After the jump, some of THE WORST first date confessions we’ve heard from guys. Stuff they should have waited to say or, perhaps, never said at all. It’s not that we don’t appreciate their candidness — but perhaps they should have waited until we got to know each other a little better before confessing their deepest secrets.

And don’t forget to tell us about the worst, most appalling, or surprising thing a guy’s ever confessed to you. Keep reading »

10 Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make On A First Date (That I May Have Made In My Life)

You’re going on a date. You get dressed, you head out the door, you walk into the joint. He’s not bad. Heck, he’s even cute. Everything is going great. But then you say something, or do something, from which there is no returning. Oops. You made a tragic first date mistake. Don’t you hate it when that happens? I know I do. If you want to know the top 10 things you should never, ever do on a first date, that I, myself, may, I repeat, may, have done at some point in my life, read on. Keep reading »

15 Ways To Make A First Date Less Awkward

Getting ready for a first date is never easy. Between the expectations, nervousness and excitement it usually doesn’t go as planned. In fact, a first date is often awkward and a bit uncomfortable. After all, you’re getting to know someone for the first time. Instead of worrying about the possibility of the date going wrong, take a look at 15 easy ways you can make your first date less awkward and more of a success! Keep reading »

What To Do Before A First Date

Congratulations! The upbeat, All-American-esque cutie you met last week has asked you out on a date. You’re pretty darn happy for yourself, but let’s face it, you’re also slightly nervous because first dates are, well, nerve-wracking. Never fear—luck is on your side, as are we. Follow these seven tips for first date preparation and tell us how your night turned out. Keep reading »

15 First Date Mistakes To Avoid

The other day the Telegraph published a list of ten first date faux pas, which included bad manners, being late, and answering phone calls (isn’t this the same as “bad manners”?). Um, thanks Telegraph! We never would have figured those out on our own! Now, how about some tips that may not be complete no-brainers, huh? After the jump, 15 more first date mistakes to avoid. Keep reading »

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