Although this is a guest post I think it has some really valid points in; I met Daddy E online and for me after being in a long term relationship that didn’t end well it was a safe way that I could get back into the dating game. I can imagine that as a single parent trying to find the time to meet a prospective partner and then introduce him to your children could be difficult and nerve wracking.
I have friends who are single with kids who find the dating game a minefield these days with so many profiles not living up to the promise when they meet the person for real – how do you go about introducing a prospective partner in the right way when you do find them?
Finding Mr Right is a hard task at the best of times, but when you’re a single mother who has to think about her kids, it can seem a near impossible feat. To be more successful in meeting the right sort of person, pay attention to dating advice for single parents and listen to your gut instincts.
Here are some tips on finding Mr Right and introducing him to your kids.
Places to meet a man
Mr Right isn’t likely to just fall into your lap. You need to go out and find him. Spend time with friends and meet new people through them. Focus on making yourself a more interesting and attractive person and, in turn, you will help yourself to meet the right partner. Complete your education or take up an evening class in something that you’ve always found interesting. Alternatively, get yourself into shape with a weekly exercise class. As well as becoming more well-rounded, you’re more likely to meet new people who share the same interests as you. If you’re looking to date someone who has specific qualities, go to places where you would expect to find them. If you want someone with a caring, giving nature then volunteer at a soup kitchen and meet some of the people who work there. If you want a man of faith then join a society at your local religious institute.
Try online dating
One way to meet your perfect match is to try an online dating site like http://www.eharmony.co.uk. eHarmony has a high success rate when it comes to matching people up in long term relationships. This is because your results are specific and tailored – you can choose what age bracket you want to date, what interests and values are important to you and what life goals you want to share with a partner. If you want more information and tips on setting up a profile then check out eHarmony UK’s Twitter page.
Make sure he likes children
As a single parent your priority is obviously your children, so if he’s anti-kids then he needs to walk straight out the door. Be upfront about your situation. There’s no point getting to know someone and starting to fall for them, only to see them run a mile when you mention you have children. You want it to be relaxed and friendly when he meets your children, not awkward and uncomfortable. Introduce him in a group setting to start with, as one of your friends, and see how he reacts around them. If there is clear animosity between them then you need to take a step back and think about whether this relationship is really worth it.
Find out if he has any bad habits You don’t want someone who has an anger problem, or who is addicted to drugs or alcohol to be around your children. People are often good at hiding their bad habits and it can take a while for them to slip up and show their true colours. To be on the safe side, you should leave it at least six months before you think about bringing him around your kids. Hopefully by then he’ll have shown you his real personality, and you can know for sure whether or not he is really Mr Right. Finding Mr Right can be a challenge, but don’t give up because he is out there! Instead of desperately searching for him, work on making yourself happy and meeting new people along the way. You never know when love can fall in your path! .
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