Single Parent Online Dating

Published May 22, 2015

Being single and navigating the traditional dating scene in and of itself can be challenging. Single parent online dating is no different. You battle identical issues online as you do when you encounter someone face to face or get set up by your friends and associates. Below are 3 useful tips to help alleviate some of the anxieties that accompany online dating and children.

3 Tips for Single Parent Online Dating

  1. Be honest upfront. It’s imperative that potential dates and mates are aware that you have children. Full disclosure in the beginning will save you a lot of trouble. Don’t wait until things have become serious. You don’t want to invest your time and effort into getting to know someone who does not like or want to have children. Besides, if they are not interested in your children, they are not interested in you.
  2. Don’t play dating hide and seek with your children. There’s no need to operate in secrecy with your children about anyone you are seriously seeing. It’s as important for your children to know about your date as it is for your date to know about your children. Now use discretion with this advice. Make sure your children are at an age where they understand what dating is and why mommy or daddy is doing it in the first place. I’m not recommending that you practice full disclosure from the beginning with them, but don’t wait too long. Timing is everything with children and they may need it to adjust to this part of your life.
  3. Don’t overexpose your date to your children and vice versa. As with everything in life, too much of a good thing can do more damage than not. Create the right amount of balance in date/child interaction. Always keep in mind that your potential mate is ultimately interested in YOU. Make sure the children have their parent time and the date has a decent amount of quality time as well.

I hope this advice has been useful and you can begin practicing it with your next date or even implement now if you’re still in the early stages.

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