Dating isn’t easy, especially when you have to devote 99% of your time taking care of the little ones. As a single mom, just the thought of finding time for someone else in your life can be daunting. But while it may be scary at first, it’s definitely not impossible to find love again. Here are a few tips I’ve learned on my journey to find that special someone:
1. Take your time.
We barely have time for ourselves anyway, so use the time that you do have wisely. Take your time when getting to know someone; learn about their background, their family, and their goals. Take baby steps, ensuring that you build a solid foundation based on trust and honesty.
2. Don’t rush into meeting the kids.
The last thing that they want to do is be stuck on the couch watching cartoons with your little ones. While is important for them to eventually build a relationship with your kids in the long-run, wait until you know for sure that they will be sticking around for a while.
3. Date another single parent.
Being a single parent is demanding and it may be hard for someone without kids to fully understand that your main priority is your family. When dating another single parent, you can relate to them and have a better understanding of each other’s lifestyle. Dates nights can eventually turn into a family day at the zoo.
4. Set your boundaries.
When dating someone gets too complicated or when it starts to affect your attention to your family, you must know when to take a step back and re-evaluate your relationship. Do what’s best for you and your children and do not feel guilty if you feel it’s best to end a relationship because of them.