The Single Parents' 3-Step Guide to Online Dating
Jump back into the dating scene on your own terms
Here’s a surprising online dating stat for you - 44% of women on dating sites are single moms.
And while it’s not fun raising kids alone, it’s safe to say that for single parents there can be a lot of trepidation when it comes to entering the online dating world.
But that doesn’t have to be the case.
Online dating is the perfect option for single parents. The numbers are there, it’s ideal for anyone with a busy schedule, and you can get to know a lot about a potential date long before you even exchange numbers or agree to meet up.
So, to help make this move a little less intimidating, we’ve put together a brief guide, so you can confidently get back into the dating scene, on your own terms.
Step 1: Know What You Want
When it comes to online dating, it helps to have a keen sense of what you're looking for. There are so many singles, and so many profiles, and so many attractive people that knowing what you want and filtering accordingly will make the whole experience a lot less overwhelming.
Which is why the better dating sites will give you the ability to search based off a wide-range of dealbreakers.
On Zoosk, you can filter by the standard criteria like age, religion and kids, but also by specifics like hobbies, lifestyle and even exercise frequency. So you can be sure from the get-go that you and your date will have more in common than just late night bottle feedings or the pains of carpooling.
And then there are the dating sites that will do the sifting and sorting for you.
Elite Singles employs an in-depth compatibility model to put together the perfect matches. Pairings are based on your answers to a wide range of questions which cover everything - from the personal to the general. This way you won't be matched with anyone who doesn’t want kids or isn’t ready for a family.
Because who has time for that?
Step 2: Know Who You’re Chatting With
Security has to be a top priority for anyone when it comes to online dating. We all want to be sure that the person we're talking with one the other end and making plans to meet are properly vetted.
Zoosk raises the game when it comes to safety, with the help of their innovative verification tools like the ‘7 second selfie’ video which users can upload to prove their photos are accurate. So no big surprises on date #1.
And Elite Singles has a thorough and in-depth moderation process where all profiles are manually verified.
Step 3: Don’t Rush It
Jumping back into the dating scene can be scary and it’s normal to approach it with a bit of apprehension. And for many single parents who married before online dating was as prevalent as it is now, the entire experience can seem out of your league.
So, just promise yourself that you’ll give everything time. Whether that’s giving yourself time to get used to online dating in the first place or just time til you meet someone that actually excites you.
It’s all too common to quickly become fed up with online dating. But if you’re patient and willing to give both the dating sites and the people you’ll chat and possibly meet with a chance, it will open you to new opportunities and experiences you’d never get otherwise.
What are you waiting for? Give online dating a try today.