Re-entering the dating world (with kids!)

Returning to the dating scene can be tricky no matter what stage of life you’re in. But finding the time and gathering the courage to meet someone new can be especially challenging for single parents.

Here are some easy tips to make your experience just that little bit easier.

Prep your profile

Writing your profile is the first step, which many people find challenging and a little overwhelming. Remember there are three key ways to get yourself noticed – your username, profile picture and the first sentence of your personal description, so try to be creative and unique. Maybe even look to see what others are doing, and draw inspiration on those profiles that are attractive to you.

Most importantly, be honest about your family situation and what you want – without over sharing.

Sometimes your best friend knows your best qualities better than you do. As a final step, you might like to sit down with a friend, maybe over a glass of wine, and ask for their feedback.

Confide in those closest to you
Making the decision to date again is an important step for you, but also for the people around you, including your kids.

Keep the communication open with your family. This will help avoid conflict later down the track and keeping your family and friends in the loop will mean you have more people to support you (and check out potential dates along the way).

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Dating on the down-low
Often when you’re looking for love online, all you want is a little discretion. But this can be hard when using the family computer which is also used for year nine science assignments, computer games, and Facebook.

Using mobile dating apps such as the Oasis.com dating app, instead of the website is a great way to keep your dating life private. This way you can browse matches on the go, on the couch, or even at your daughter’s soccer game. Using the app on a personal device gives you the flexibility to search and start conversations when and where you get some much-needed ‘you’ time.

It might have been a little while, but online dating is an excellent way for busy mums and dads to test the waters and start afresh. You’ll be in great company with other single parents – many who might haven’t dated since separation or divorce – so have fun and good luck!

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