As a parent, you don’t have time to spend endless nights in bars in the hopes of bumping into someone whom you might want to date. You’ve got children, friends and a job to attend to, which doesn’t give you much time for dating.
That’s why online dating is so popular with single parents. It lets you browse members’ profiles and starting conversations via messaging when it suits you - be it 6am or 6pm.
Whilst you do have to make time for dates and you’ll likely meet a few people before you meet the right one for you, it’s on your terms. You meet people when you have time for it. And a first date to check if there’s chemistry is a half an hour coffee or drink. Only when you find someone you like, you need to put in the effort to meet for longer dates on a regular basis.
Dating for single parents simply becomes a lot easier with online dating, and as a single parent you most certainly deserve to meet someone!
Firstly, anyone you date will have to understand that you come as a package, and that your children are a big part of your life. They don’t have to become a substitute parent (unless you want them to and they agree), but they will have to be comfortable around children and understand that you’ll have to make some sacrifices to put your kids first.
Likewise, if you choose to date someone with kids, you need to be ready for that. Do you want more kids? Do you want younger kids, meaning your house will be filled with kids for longer? Are you willing to merge two families together? And if your new partner wants to have kids with you, is that an option? Think about this early on when dating someone.
To think about your parents dating new people isn’t always easy, so consider that when introducing your children to your dates. If it’s all very casual and you always introduce dates, that can work fine. In fact, it can be preferable to not introducing them at all. Just don’t get the kids heavily involved with someone you’re dating until you know it will last.
Some people choose to use sites that are specifically dedicated to single parents, but we believe in having one site where you find people for all walks of life. After all, you might be a single parent wanting to meet someone who doesn’t have kids!
We are often asked if there are free dating sites for single parents and the answer is no - not really. At Cupid, we offer a free membership whereby you can upload your profile, look at other members’ profiles and get a feel for how to use the site. This is so that you know if it’s the site for you. To be able to contact other members you have to upgrade your membership. The good news is it’s very inexpensive - a monthly membership costs you the equivalent of two drinks in a good bar.
Why do dating sites charge? Because it costs to create a user-friendly interface, keep the security top notch and market the site to the right people, so that we know we attract members and you have plenty of choice - good choice - when you join our site.