As a single parent, you have to take on lots of responsibilities for making things easier in your own life as well as your children’s. You may find it hard to sort out how to balance your personal life and family life. Moreover, raising your children on your own demands most of your energy, time and determination. Hence, it’s quite obvious that you may hardly get time to make contact with many people apart from your immediate family and your colleagues. There may be no ‘time for me’ apart from your responsibility as a single parent. But once you have settled into the new arrangement with your child, you may set aside some time to make new friends and start dating again.
Here are our top tips for the single parents on how to jump start their social life, make new friends and if they feel like it – dating.
Before you give efforts to make new friends, you must have idea what you would really want your social life to look like. Spend some time envisioning what kind of company you actually crave for or how to fit your children in the new scenario. Once you have clear idea about your ultimate goal, you find things easier to make your dreams a reality.
Suggestive activities to meet new people
Let’s share some ideas that may give you the opportunity to meet new people –
- Meeting old friends who you haven’t talked with in a while may give you the chance to meet some new friends. There is a good chance that they will introduce you to some of their friends!
- Attending a class on some topics that interest you certainly gives you both educational and socialising opportunity. Not everyone may like this idea of socialising but you do meet new people and share your interest. It isn’t necessary that the classes are about book learning – it could be anything like cooking a new cuisine or wine tasting!
- Visiting a bookstore or attending a book discussion at the local library is also a great way to meet new people who also like books.
- Hosting an informal gathering among neighbours or arranging potluck dinner may give you the chance to meet new people whom you never met before.
Dating as single parents
As a single parent, getting back into the dating game is not at all easy. First of all, make it sure that this is the ‘right time’ to start dating. It is essential to schedule good a amount of time for your dating. Added to that, the task of introducing a new partner to your children is another responsibility that you must sort out well. Here we are sharing some of the dating sites specifically for the single parents from where you can start your dating. Websites like Mums Date Dads, Dating for Parents and Single Parent Dating are good places to start your dating in your post-separation phase.
Effective dating tips
- When you are meeting a person for the first time, always choose a public place for dating and don’t proceed further to go anywhere alone until you are more acquainted with the person.
- From the very beginning, be realistic and honest. Let him or her know about your children, your past life and other things. This way you may grow better understanding with that person.
- Above all, allow your children some time to adapt the fact that there is another person in your life who is getting closer to you. It is very natural that your children have questions and concerns. Try to answer them honestly and openly. Don’t forget to reassure them that you still prioritise them and your new friend or dating does not change your feeling towards them.
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