As a single parent, you are hoping to find love through online dating. You're not alone. Millions of single parents have taken to online dating and many of those have found love. While finding love is the ultimate goal, you also must think of your children. Online dating and dating in general can be extremely fun and exciting, but it can oftentimes be difficult on the kids. To help protect the kids during this time, here are a few tips for single parents who may be new to the online dating game.
Keep Kids Out Of Photos
It's understandable to want to show off your kids every chance you get, but you might want to wait a little while before showing them off to the ones you're dating. You can list that you are a single parent and you can list information about your child in your profile, but don't get too specific and save the photos for another time.
When In Doubt, Leave Them Out
As a general rule, you should try to refrain from introducing your kids to new dates until you're sure they're going to stick around. If you introduce your kids to every first date you have, for instance, and you go through five or ten before you find the right one, that might be very confusing to a child.
Instead, have the kids stay with friends or family while you go out with the person to see if you click. Of course you want to see how the person acts around your child or children, but reserve that time for when the person is a little more familiar to you.
When To Bring Them In
If, after three dates or more, you decide that this person is someone you could see yourself dating for a long period of time, then you can introduce them to your kids. At this time, you can just let them know that this person is your new friend and that you're going to be going places every once in a while. The kids will usually understand a newfound friend and the going out part won't matter as long as you find them a good sitter.
Online dating and just dating in general can be so much fun. Let yourself determine if you like someone before bringing your kids into the mix. This not only protects them, but it makes online dating as least complicated as it needs to be.
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