Dating as a single parent tips validating caring for others

The dates should be all about you – and not your children - but at the same time your children will impinge on every aspect of how you arrange and progress them. When you sign up for an online dating service such as Single Parent Match, make sure your profile is clear that you are a single parent and mentions the age of your children.

Here are 8 tips for successful dating as a single parent. The rest of the profile is just about you and your interests.

Dating's hard enough when you're single -- but what about when you're a single parent? How long before you introduce him or her to your kids?

No doubt having a little one in tow can raise the stakes, but it can also raise a lot of tough questions. For answers to these and other burning questions about single-parent dating, turned to six single moms -- some of whom have already remarried -- for key advice to surviving in today's dating world, and for surviving single parenting in general!

Read on as single parents share their dating dilemmas and Amy Spencer, relationship expert and author of "Meeting Your Half-Orange: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match" solves them. How can I meet a guy when I don't really go out to the bars or clubs anymore?

--Renee, 30, Totowa, New Jersey Solution: Spencer says to rethink that afternoon of fun.

I'm anxious to note I have a kid because I don't want to scare guys away. --Ashley, 28, Winter Garden, Florida Solution: You're teaching your kids not to lie, right? "If you're going to send mixed or false signals, there's no point in shooting the flare gun up at all.

" blogger Dresden Shumaker doesn't know if she'll ever be ready, but she remains optimistic: "It will take me a while to get up the courage to put myself out there.

If things work out, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to share your love of them and their achievements.

Make time for your dates Many single parents wonder when they will ever have the time to date.

If you feel ready to date, there is no reason to wait for the perfect time or until the nest is empty. After all, they have had you to themselves for quite a while, and now they have to share. Take some time to find out about this new man; his interests, work, and hobbies. Children get uncomfortable when there's a parade of men taking their Mom out.

It's fine to talk about your kids, but keep it to a minimum. It's a good idea to keep your dates private until things start to get serious.

Here's what they had to say: Single mom Honoree Corder See Honoree's best tips for achieving balance and happiness Because other important people (your kiddos!

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