Essential Dating Tips for Single Parents

Being a parent with a partner to help out with all the work is hard enough. Being a single parent is serious hard work. And dating while being a single parent? Many people would say it’s darn near impossible.

The truth is, it isn’t impossible. There are thousands of stories of single parents who have found the loves of their lives while also managing the kids at home, 3 meals a day and work on the side. It’s not easy, but with these essential tips for single parent dating, you can do it.

Meet Other Singles

A lot of parents feel that they are not in adult environments very often when they have kids. But there are places you can take your kids that will be kid friendly instead of just kid centered. For example, don’t take your kids to the kids play arena for every playdate. Try going to an art fair instead, or take them to a bookstore or museum.

Forget the Past

One thing that holds many single parents back from dating is the pasts they had with their partners. It’s okay to go through a grieving period about your last partner, but don’t let it last for years and years. At some point, you have to let go, and that will allow you to move into a new relationship with more confidence and joy.

Keep up Your Appearance

It’s true that what’s on the inside matters most, but let’s face it: you want a good-looking partner, right? That means that the person you want probably wants someone who looks pretty good too. This doesn’t mean that you have to have a professional manicure and pedicure every other day or that you can’t carry around a few extra pounds. But do throw on jeans instead of sweatpants when you go to the store, and get your hair done once in a while. It will help your confidence, and it will help you to find that special someone.

Finally, remember that you deserve someone new in your life, and your kids do too. You may be a dad or a mom first and foremost, but finding a new partner who you can care deeply about will only enrich the lives of you and your kids. So get out there today and find someone you click with. You may have to kiss a few frogs to start with, but you’ll find that special someone eventually.