Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Online Dating for Single Parents

By Alex Wu

Single parents also need to go out and find mate. But as they are no longer the teenagers or young adults who mostly seek for romance, single parents have to consider some things in dating. Just like the others, finding mates at online dating site can be good choice. You can find more people and take time to know them personally.

The process can even grow while you are at home or office. As a single parent, you can not let go the responsibilities to take care of the children and home while finding a new partner. The process may be tougher, but you can not limit yourself longer. Everyone can find love for lifetime togetherness.

First, integrate yourself. To start your online dating experience, make sure you know the rules. It is important that you take care of yourself above anything else. There is reason to feel inferior or set self-limit. To find someone who cares, you should love yourself in advance. So show up your self-respect and confidence in your profile. Place one of your best pictures and state all the true information. Write your qualities and other positive things that show your affection. Interested candidates would like to know your real life, while the serious one would take you the way you are.

Second, have a look first. After you find some candidates or new 'friends', it is time to get some a closer look. Take the process easy because you are not in hurry. Try some chats to figure out what kid of person your new friends are. As they know your status, you can be selective to see which one who has potency for further relationship and which one who does not. Single or too young candidates usually have short term targets to reach in their life. They may also put priority in fun than family life. You should see what you can compromise and give. Do not push the relationship to grow if you are not sure. If they are not ready for a commitment, if they do not plan to give up some parts and compromise, or in short, if they do not love that much to take the whole package, let it go.

Third, make deeper selection. Consider whether you want to give priority to single parents, or you want to give chance to singles as well. Age also matters. If you are a single Mom, you may prefer an older partner. There are some important factors to consider here. Singles may not be as ready as you are to have children, especially because they are not the biological father or mother. With single parents, you both have to manage with each other's children in addition to your own. And even if you are looking for older singles or single parents, some may just open to a partner and not to any more children in the family. Set your criteria and look at your candidates'. If both are fine with each other's condition, start from the two of you first. There is no need to include the children until you are committed further.

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