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It’s fair to say that most single parents have a lot on their plate. Between work, juggling your kids’ schedules and trying to keep the house in order, there’s not much time left for your love life.
One of the most popular ways for single parents to return to the dating scene is with online dating. Internet dating is fun, easy and discreet, meaning you can start to find a new person for your life at the pace that suits you.
Here’s a look at the ins and outs of online dating, for single parents looking to find love again.
Opt for a site that suits your lifestyle
Whether you’re looking for companionship, conversation or love, there are different dating sites to achieve different goals. Introducing a new partner into your family can be difficult, so it’s important to find someone compatible with your lifestyle. For instance, eHarmony AU is a great example of a dating site that focuses on matching singles with similar lifestyles and interests in order to find long lasting love.
Figure out if everyone is ready
It’s important to ask yourself if you’re returning to dating for the right reasons and at the right time. While relationships might last or fall apart, your children will always be there. So be sure to keep them in mind when you make the choice to start a new relationship.
Always be honest on your profile
Go out of your way to create a dating profile that’s true to yourself. Remember relationships are all about honestly, so there’s no point concealing facts that will only come out further along the line. If you’re unsure about how someone will feel about you being a mum or a dad, then chances are you won’t have much in common anyway.
Use a good quality profile picture
Be sure to upload a high quality profile picture of yourself, after all it’s your only opportunity to make a great first impression. Steer clear of over sized sunglasses, hats or distracting accessories, as they give off the sense you’re trying to conceal something.
Take things at a speed you’re comfortable with
Make sure you’re comfortable with the speed any new relationships are developing at. One of the best things about online dating is that there’s absolutely no need to rush. You can take your time getting to know people, and make sure they’re somebody you would want to introduce to your children.
Communicate with your children
Whether you find yourself single due to bereavement or divorce, the choice to bring a new partner home can be a confusing time for your children. Online dating is a discreet way to meet a new person, that doesn’t mean organising a baby sitter or inviting a strange person over for dinner.
So, do your research, create your free dating profile, and start reviewing your potential dates – you might just meet someone really special.