Single parenting is not an easy choice to make. Societal prejudice aside, there can be numerous practical challenges of being a single parent. And one has to be really prepared for everything that accompanies taking up responsibility of a child.
"My daughter's class-teachers in middle school knew about it all. Initially, when we just got separated, I used to tell her that she does not have to lie about her parents to anyone. Now, both her father and I take turns to attend PTAs."
Platonic parenting, a form of co-parenting, is becoming popular in certain parts of the world. Co-parenting is usually adopted by estranged couples who agree to raise their child together. But that's not what this parenting approach is all about for some single men and women who are looking out for co-parents.
If you are on a matrimonial site, then you should state clearly that you have kids. However, if it's a causal dating site, you need to play with numbers. And chances of a left swipe are much higher if your profile picture is you and your cherubic toddler.
"Being a single parent is really very scary and daunting. In many ways, you could say that having Yash and Roohi is full of love but it is also a selfish decision. It's because I want that love for myself."
Most single gay men pursue what is known as gestational surrogacy: the surrogate is implanted with a fertilized embryo taken from a separate egg donor. The surrogate is not genetically related to the child.