Is online dating for single parents for you?
Dating can be a minefield, as most singles will tell you. But once you are a parent and your priorities have shifted (and your social life with it), it’s certainly true that finding that special someone can become even more of a challenge.
The dilemma – where to meet single parents / singles
To start with, where do you meet a potential partner? In your 20s and 30s, singles might meet at work, at a bar, on a Saturday night or at a friend’s party. You are now in your 40s or 50s and it’s not as straightforward as it used to be. If you work in an office, you might have a chance to spot someone you like but, when in the past you might get to know each other a little better over a few after-work drinks or a lunch session at the gym, now you are a solo parent, time for yourself has become a luxury. After all, now as a single parent you are one of the first to rush out of the office to pick up the kids from nursery / childminder / grandparents, etc. after your working day has ended. Even if your kids are older, weekends and evenings are not your own.
The worry – dating with kids
The second biggest obstacle for single parents dating is when to tell your date that you have kids. Should you get it out in the open before you even go on the first date, get to know him or her better (in the hope of encouraging a more favourable response), or keep it a secret as long as possible (and risk having wasted a fair amount of time when he or she runs a mile)?
A safe way for a first meetup – online dating for single parents
Whether or not you are a single parent, online dating saves you both these dilemmas. Not only is everything about you out there from the beginning, but you also know a lot about your potential date from day 1. This saves both of you time and effort – and sounds terribly pragmatic. Just think of all the upsides: You can both look at each other from afar and decide what or who might work for you, chat, flirt and speak on the phone from the safety of your own home (and with the kids tucked into bed) before you embark on that first date to see if the chemistry matches the initial impression.
Decide what you want to want – and go for it
If you are a single parent and want to give online dating a go, think about what you are looking for to figure our which dating site works for you: Do you want to meet only single parents online or would you be open to meet singles without kids? Would you like to meet single parents for friendship initially, are you after a serious relationship ? Maybe you prefer a casual date, such as another single parent who you can meet occasionally, or you are looking for someone in a similar profession? Single Parents on Holiday’s dating website is a safe and convenient way to find the person that is right for you. You can apply filters to find the right person, and joining is absolutely free. You only need to pay once you have had a good browse around and decide that there is someone who tempts you and who you wish to meet.
Whatever you choose to do, be selective, read the advice on safe dating and … enjoy yourself! And if you have any tips or ideas for other single parents that you would like to share on the topic of #singleparentdating, use the comments below or join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #singleparentsuk.
Another way to meet single parents is on holiday. Single Parents on Holiday offer various single parent family holidays as well as singles holidays, which give you the opportunity to meet single parents for friendship and more. There has even been a wedding! To find out which holidays we have on offer for single parents and children go to single parent holidays. For holidays for singles without kids go to solo holidays.