“Advice when trying to date as a single parent?”
Parenthood is a journey within itself, I could only imagine the ride it takes you on when you’re solo. And there’s always so much more to consider when you’re a single parent in the dating game.
One of our lovely TMC followers needs some advice on the subject. If you’ve ever had this experience, what advice can you share?
TMC always aim to be a supportive and inclusive space, and we often receive messages asking for advice on all sort of things.
As much as we will always try our best to give advice we are only our little admin team and sometimes it may be things we do not know much about.
So therefore we wanted to create a way for you all to ask us (and all followers) for advice, and hopefully get the support you need.
It will always be anonymous and it can be on any subject. We are an open minded bunch and won’t judge anyone.
What our community has said about dating as a single parent:
Lex: Be open, upfront and honest. Don’t change yourself or your life for that person; the right one will work with you to make it work. ❤️
Lauren: My main piece of advice as someone who dated, and found someone, as a single mum after separating from my kids’ dad is to make them aware from early on that you come as a package deal. Get to know them alone first but make sure they’re aware of what they’re taking on if they’re looking at a long term relationship. Always keep your kids as your priority and keep yourself self-sufficient – don’t rely on a new partner too quickly for anything, especially not financially. Be aware of how your kids feel and take it slowly with introducing them to the situation. If they’re young, let them decide how they want to address the new partner (both of mine now call my partner ‘dada’ after almost 2 yrs but they did it of their own accord). Also remember to be considerate of bio parents/ex if they’re still involved with the kids and keep them in the loop – as much as it’s annoying, they deserve to know who is around their kids and on what terms (ofc only if they have regular contact and there was no abuse in the relationship etc).
Anna: All I would say in my experience, is don’t lose yourself or try to change anything about your situation as a single parent to try and make dating/ a relationship work. I’ve tried to date as a lone parent but it hasn’t worked for me so far. I hope one day to meet someone organically ❤️
Do you have any further advice for our mama? Please remember to keep the comments kind.