Single Parent Dating Do's and Don'ts
While marriages are meant for a lifetime, they often come to an end much before. Couples that end up in divorce become singles once more, but most times have no clue how to go about looking for a date. If the divorce was messy, a divorcee could be traumatized or even simply clueless about how to meet other singles because he or she was out of the dating scene for years.
According to the opinions of dating experts, there are a few do's and don'ts for single parent dating. The very first has to do with the past, the marriage that did not work out. Re-single parents need to give themselves time to figure out what they could have done different for a successful marriage, and learn from the experience so that the cycle is not repeated.
After the psychological or attitude makeover, it is also time to make a health and wardrobe evaluation. Make lifestyle changes to become the new person you would like to be in a future relationship. Nothing too drastic though, always keeps within your age and station.
Dating should be an overall experience at this stage: you would do well to avoid typical date pick-up destinations. Instead, head towards a hobby, cultivate a new interest or try dating online. This will put you in touch with like-minded individuals and many potential dates. Now that you know that everything is not as it looks at first glance, maybe it's time to reach out and explore a larger variety of possibilities with your new outlook on life.
Concentrate on doing the things that make you happy. Increasing your happiness quotient makes you less of a bitter divorcee and more of a fresh, cheerful single. Enlist the help of friends or a professional counselor to sort out your emotional issues related to divorce, your potential partner should not be your shrink as well. If you have children from your earlier marriage, strike a healthy balance between what you and your children need, and what a potential date is looking for.
Becoming newly single does not mean "desperate". Take it slow, make a few changes, evaluate who you are and what you want, and be cautious with a new date. Dating after divorce can be fun, it just needs a different approach, and a little bit of patience and understanding.
Posted by eDatingCentral.com Jul 13, 2007 8:00 pm
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