One of my favorite things guys post on their online dating profiles are photos of themselves with babies and small children, with the caption, “That’s my niece!” or, more directly, “Not my kid!” Since I can’t see the other side of things, I don’t know if women are doing the same thing, but it always makes me laugh, especially when most of their other photos are bachelor party shots 30 guys deep. Yea, you really strike me as someone who parties hard…and also nurtures a child. I just assumed that you kept the crib in the common room of your apartment you share with four other people, so definitely happy you cleared that up!
I definitely can’t imagine having a child right now–I can’t even imagine holding a child and having passerby (or random people on the internet) assume it belongs to me! But I’m 28 years old…no one would look at me funny if I suddenly announced I was going to have a baby. (Although, considering I’m currently single, maybe there’d be questions…) But age-wise it would be within normal parameters. So I suppose I can understand why using a child to get that “awww” reaction should be followed up with a quick clarification. No crossed wires…no baggage (or baby bjorns) in sight!
What I’m most curious about is what prompted them to post the caption in the first place. If I posted a picture of myself with a baby, I don’t think I would write, THIS DOES NOT BELONG TO ME. Were they getting messages from women asking, “Is that your kid?” Or, “What a cute child, whose is it?” Are all of their other hard-partying friends dealing with intense custody battles that have these guys taking extra care? I need to know the facts! …Or at least the name of that little munchkin!
What’s My Age: Definitely not old enough to be responsible for a precious human life.