We are all free to make up whatever dating preferences we want.They are called personal preferences for a reason and we don’t need the approval of anyone else when it comes to what we like.

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Any Battle-Brother of rank within the Iron Hands can become an Iron Father, from mighty Iron Captains, Iron Chaplains and Librarians, to Apothecaries and Veteran Sergeants.

Historically, though, the most common recipients of this honour have been the Techmarines and Masters of the Forge -- those Iron Hand warriors whose own duties echo those of the Iron Fathers of old.

This is not a video game that you can turn off when you decide you do not like how the game is playing out.

That is a personal decision you should figure out long before you involve a woman and her child in your life.

But when deciding to date a woman with a child, you should be clear about your expectations for the relationship upfront with yourself and her.

In other words, if you’re still in the “dating just to date” phase of your life, involving a woman with a child is probably not the type of relationship you should engage in because your actions will more than likely impact the lives of two people — the woman and the child.

Instead of the conventional Chaplains fielded by most Codex-compliant Chapters, the Iron Hands maintain a special cadre of officers known as the Iron Fathers.

These individuals combine the qualities of both a Chaplain and Techmarine.

I have friends who have gotten upset because a woman they are dating has to drop everything for their child. A woman should not be placed in a position to choose between the child she loves and the man she likes.

If you don’t understand that, then you aren’t ready for this type of relationship and it is best if you do not bother wasting her time or yours. I’ve written on whether you need the baby’s father approval before — and for the record, no you do not.

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