to Date as a Single Parent
How to Date as a Single Parent
As a single parent, you may feel
reluctant to date again. Take it
slowly, listen to your instincts
and try to have fun.
1. Date when you feel you're ready,
not when others tell you that you
should (see "eHow to Ask Someone
on a Date as a Single Parent Date').
2. Ignore guilt. You're a human
being and you need adult companionship.
You deserve an occasional night
3. Take it slowly. Don't fill your
calendar with dates all at once.
It will take time for you and your
children to adjust to the idea of
4. Make sure your children are cared
for by someone you trust while you're
on a date.
5. Talk to your children. Explain
that you're going to spend some
time with a person you like. Do
not talk about remarriage or new
daddies or mommies, but be honest
about its being a date. Answer any
questions your children have, but
keep personal details to yourself.
6. Decide whether you want the person
you're dating to meet your children.
On a first date it is probably not
advisable. When you do introduce
them, keep it light, easy and quick.
Don't plan any 'family' outings
yet. Try not to talk about your
kids too much during dates, but
don't feel you need to hide their
7. Introduce the new person to your
children gradually if you feel that
your relationship is becoming more
8. Avoid letting your children see
you in bed with anyone.
9. Consider how much affection you're
comfortable expressing in front
of your children. Follow your instincts.
You can always kiss after the kids
are in bed.
10. Be prepared for your children
to be angry, resentful, hostile,
sad, shy or nervous about the situation.
Help them through it as best you
11. Be patient. It may take time
to become comfortable on dates after
being out of practice for so long.
12. Keep your ex-spouse out of it.
He or she is bound to find out about
your dating and may try to discuss
it with you or become involved.
Remember that you are divorced and
it is your life to live as you please,
so long as your children are not
If you or any of your children are
having a very difficult time coping
with the situation, consult a counselor
My advice by Valerie
Don't bring your child around your
date unless you become official.
I've learned that the hard way.
It'll be much easier on the kid
and you if your child never met
the person who it didn't work out
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