Returning to the single life is always a bit scary, but dating for single parents can be even more nerve-wracking. Everything is different now that you have a child or children to consider.
If you thought dating was hard before children, just wait! Now while you certainly do not have to become a hermit, there ARE some very important things you must do regarding your dating life.
First of all, you now have to be very careful of the sort of person you date. This is true for both single mothers and fathers. The rules of dating for single parents are pretty much the same for both sexes. While you may not be looking for marriage, it is still vital that you choose a dating partner who you feel is safe to be around your children.
Usually outings will include your children at some point so things are going to either be fun or stressful. You can see why it is so important to be sure that any potential date know from the beginning that you have children and are a single parent. That is not the best surprise for a new dating prospect.
The best situation of dating for single parents is to know someone personally before deciding to spend time together.
If there is someone in your life already and there is some interest, this could be an excellent way to get your feet wet again. But, sadly, this is not always the case. You may feel the need to branch out of your immediate circle just to see who else is out there. This is not as difficult as it sounds.
One way to add to your dating prospects is to use the internet. Surprisingly, there are many sites that cater to dating for single parents. These sites offer the opportunity to chat and get to know someone in an anonymous and safe setting.
An additional advantage is that other people at these sites are also parents and will understand your situation better than someone who does not have children. They will, most likely, have a lot of the same concerns as you.