With Mothering Sunday just around the corner, we’re talking about how to juggle parenthood and dating. Here are our best pieces of advice for parents on the dating scene!
If it’s your first venture into the world of online dating, consider using a dating site dedicated to single parents. Fellow members on the site are likely to encounter the same difficulties as you when it comes to dating and will be more likely to be on your page – great common ground to get initial conversations flowing and sparks flying.
Between swimming lessons, school-runs and perhaps weekend trips to different parents, you might be at your wits’ end trying to organise a date. Create a family calendar so you can map out any free time in advance and don’t forget that dates don’t always have to be in the evening! A lovely walk around your local park can be less awkward, and just as romantic, as a dinner date. Better yet, it’s more likely that your unpaid babysitters (friends and family) will be available to babysit!
Lots of single parents receive offers for babysitters ‘anytime’ from friends and family, but don’t like to call in a favour. But, if you don’t ask, you don’t get! Don’t be afraid to ask for help with babysitting – just give people the opportunity to say no with plenty of notice. If you’ve got a couple of friends who are single parents, you could even take it in turns to help each other out.
It can be nerve-wracking leaving your little ones with a babysitter and you could be tempted to check your phone for updates during your date. This can be really off-putting for your date, especially if they don’t have children. It may look like you’re bored. It will also make it more difficult for you to relax and enjoy yourself!
No matter how much you like your new other half, don’t be tempted to introduce them to your children too early. It could be really disruptive for them, and you, if you suddenly decide they’re not the one for you after your kids have started to get to know them.
Make sure there’s real long-term potential before gradually introducing each other in neutral territory, like the local park.
Getting into the dating scene again you may find that you have to go on a few dull dates along the way. Dating is a numbers game and you need to be patient to find your Mr or Mrs Right. That’s no reason to let your standards and drop though – just ask yourself if you’d be happy introducing your kids to this guy!
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