Advice

Online dating has opened up a whole new world for many people, especially for the single parent. There was a time when the single parent had to make the choice between going out and trying to meet someone and being at home to take care of the kids. And that’s still done today, but online dating gives them the flexibility to get out there and meet someone new without having to commit much time to being away from home in order to make it happen.

Here are some things you should keep in mind when you’re out there in the online dating world as a single parent:

  • Be realistic. Some potential partners are going to simply write you off because you have kids. Don’t let that get you down. That’s their problem, not yours. You’re a catch, and your kids are part of the package.
  • Be honest. If you have kids, you’re not going to be able to hide them. Unless you’re just on the online dating scene for a fling, you’re much better off with being open about having kids early on.
  • Be safe. You need to make sure that you can really trust the people you meet via online dating before meeting them in person. While this is always a good rule of thumb, it’s especially true when it comes to the fact that your kids can be put at risk.
  • Be iconoclastic. There is an image of single parents that is more supermarket than superstar. To be sure, there’s a lot that’s not especially glamorous about being a single parent. Still, make sure you still know how to have a good time, and that you don’t get hung up only talking about your kids.
  • Be flexible. Eventually, you’re going to have to meet that person in real life. You might have to hire a babysitter, or get your parents to watch the kids for the evening. Try to be understanding of the other person’s schedule, too, and be upfront about when you are and aren’t available.

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26th Edition of the Carnival of Online Dating

by Online Dating on April 11, 2012

Carnival of Online Dating Welcome to the April 11, 2012 edition of the Carnival of Online Dating! This is the twenty-sixth edition of the blog carnival, and we really appreciate those who have submitted their links for inclusion. Spread the word: The next Carnival of Online Dating will be April 25, 2012, so make sure to get your submissions in by 8:59pm PST/11:59pm EST Tuesday April 24.

Date Ideas

  • Grace Pamer presents How a stop motion film is the perfect idea for your proposal posted at 10 Sure Fire Opening Messages That Work posted at Online Dating Advices.
  • Dating Tips & Advice

    Sex & Seduction

    Be sure to tune in every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays for more! The next Carnival of Online Dating will be April 25th, 2012, so make sure to get your submissions in by 8:59pm PST/11:59pm EST Tuesday April 24th!

    That concludes this edition. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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    25th Edition of the Carnival of Online Dating

    by Online Dating on March 30, 2012

    Carnival of Online Dating Welcome to the March 30, 2012 edition of the Carnival of Online Dating! This is the twenty-fifth edition of the blog carnival, and we really appreciate those who have submitted their links for inclusion. Sorry for the delay on publishing this edition, the Blogcarnival.com servers (how we manage our submissions) had hardware failure. But they’re back! Spread the word: The next Carnival of Online Dating will be April 11, 2012, so make sure to get your submissions in by 8:59pm PST/11:59pm EST Tuesday April 10.

    Dating Tips & Advice

    • Grace Pamer presents Is It Ever OK To Use Coupons On A First Date? posted at Romance Never Dies, saying, “Whilst we are undoubtably living in difficult economic times is it ever OK to use a coupon on a first date? If you think the answer is even close to being a yes then read on as you’ve still got a lot to learn!”
    • Mary Edwards presents 10 Reasons a Woman Should Lie to Her Boyfriend posted at Best Dating Sites, saying, “When asked whether it’s OK to lie to one’s partner most of us would probably instinctively and emphatically say absolutely not, reasoning that honesty is not only an important part of a healthy relationship, but arguably one of the most important parts of a healthy relationship.”
    • Laura Backes presents 10 Ways Secrets Told Online Don’t Stay Secret posted at DSL Service Providers, saying, “There’s an old saying that the three quickest ways to spread news are telephone, television, and tell a friend. Of course that saying predates the internet by about four decades, and now there’s really no hope for keeping a secret. In fact, there are so many ways to ruin a secret online that we’re going to share a list.”
    • Mary Edwards presents 10 Ways to Win Every Argument with Your Girlfriend posted at Best Dating Sites, saying, “You’re probably wondering if it’s actually possible to win every argument. And the answer is… maybe. Then again, maybe not; it really all depends on how you handle things.”
    • Matt Savage presents How to Delete Your OkCupid Account posted at Online Dating Paradox.
    • Mary Edwards presents 10 Reasons Women Hate Mustaches posted at Best Dating Sites, saying, “Most men like to grow facial hair because they think it makes them more macho and manly. The only problem is that growing a full beard can be itchy and uncomfortable, and keeping a goatee trimmed and looking nice can be a hassle. So where’s the happy medium?”
    • Mary Edwards presents 10 Reasons a Man Should Lie to His Girlfriend posted at Best Dating Sites, saying, “Dishonesty isn’t an admirable trait, and the health of any relationship depends on honest and open communication. Trust is an essential factor as well, yet there are times when a little white lie here and there might be less damaging than telling your partner what you really think.”

    Personal Anecdotes

    Be sure to tune in every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays for more! Due to the rescheduling of this edition, the next Carnival of Online Dating will be April 11th, 2012, so make sure to get your submissions in by 8:59pm PST/11:59pm EST Tuesday April 10th!

    That concludes this edition. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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