This article was sent in by one of our readers, Marilyn, as a good guide for those interested in dating again. As single parents, our first love is always our kids with our time and attention, but many consider this, so we are reposting it as it originally came from
Thank you Marilyn!

The rising of divorce rates has caused many single parents to re-enter the dating world. Being a single parent does not always entail a past of a failed marriage; however, most single parents find difficulties while pursuing another partner. Dating can be a rough game from the starting point, whether or not you have children. Single mothers may find themselves in more of a predicament, especially if her children are still at a very young age. Many single parents have determined a lifestyle and means of raising their children without interference. It takes a special person to win the heart of a single mother, because she rigorously tests her potential love interest for weaknesses. After all, she has to decide if her potential love interest will fit as a positive role model for her children. Most dating prospects realize the foreseeable difficulties, which makes it more difficult for single parents to simply ignite the passion. Sacrifice will play an integral part of a fresh relationship based between single parents and their new love prospects; however, this should not deter one from pursuing true love if it’s presented to them in the long run.

How do You Know When You’re Ready to Begin Dating?

Single parents do not need a determined deadline to re-enter the dating world. In fact, dating relies heavily upon the individual’s circumstances and convictions. Asking advice from friends and family can contribute to making a decision; however, taking action all depends on whether the time feels right to the individual considering the act of dating again. It may take months or years to get comfortable with the idea of starting over again with a new partner. Additionally, a single parent must weigh the impact that bringing in a new love interest will have on his or her children. Despite these sensitive factors, single parents must also consider their own emotional and psychological well-being. A lack of comfort while dating others indicates a blockage deeply rooted in a past relationship. One must emotionally release their hangups before they can start anew.

Introducing Your Kids to New Dating Prospects

Single parents should honor their children first before anything else in their life. A potential love interest will understand the demands of being a single parent. There is a time and place for introducing children to new dating prospects. Depending on the age of the children, they may have problems accepting a new relationship at first, especially if wounds from a previous divorce still sting. Children may find themselves attached to new love prospects easily, which can be devastating to the child if the relationship does not end up working out in the end. It may be difficult to make prudent decisions at first, but over time a natural intuition will develop that will aid in making the choice for both you and your loved ones.

How to Balance Dating and Parenting

Dating without the burden of a nasty divorce and children can be difficult all on its own. If you add in the other factors, dating can seem elusive and outright daunting for single parents, especially mothers of very young children. Children may often become worried or jealous of a new prospect stealing the spotlight. Single mothers should always communicate with their children to ease existing insecurities. This will ensure that the child understands his or her importance within the role of the new relationship. A caring parent will always assure their child that nothing will come in between their bond. Additionally, while parenthood remains a selfless act, it’s always good to consider one’s own emotional, physical, and psychological well-being. Be patient and honest with new prospects in order to transition into a life of less heartache.

How to Meet Dates

Single parents can meet prospective dating partners in the same venues that other singles find their match. For instance, popular locations are at work, grocery store, single clubs, outings, church, and other social events. A mutual friend may introduce you to somebody. While blind dates may present potential problems and often lead to disastrous results, it’s a good primer to meeting new people. In addition, many people have took advantage of the social networking available on the Internet that has connected billions people around the globe. A large percentage of these people have met the love of their lives. Be sure to choose a dating website that screens its applicants. Do your research to ensure that the website is not a scam. Always meet online dating prospects in a public place away from your home until you get to know them better in person. Try to bring a friend or family member as an added measure of precaution.