As a single parent, you're already capable of handling a lot Image: Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email While there is always the chance you'll have a fun time - maybe even meet someone worth meeting - you don't have to be dead inside to know there are some cons to dating. Dating can be costly, it can be awkward, it can bring up all sorts of issues you were blissfully ignorant of - and this is if you happen to NOT be a parent.
Making sure you're there for your children, and reconciling that role with wanting to date again is not easy.
Single mum and writer, Katy Horwood, has stood on the front line of dating as a single parent, and has had to navigate her way through its many ups - and its downs. The author of awarding-winning blog, All Sweetness and Life , has listed all the people don't tell you about dating as a single parent - and all the things she wished she'd known.
Are you or have you brought up your family alone? How precious your time becomes A bad first date, ordinarily, is no big deal. However, when it becomes time which could have been spent with a good book and a hot bath - considering the compatibility of your new date suddenly becomes a finely tuned art form. This beats a bad date any day 2.
And hell hath no fury like a single parent who's been cancelled on half an hour before a date, when childcare cancellation fees apply. Being spontaneous becomes a thing of the past 'Fancy a quick drink after work? Sure, I think I've got a few nights free next June! You organisation skills are on point From liaising with babysitter to booking taxis home - a single parent on a date makes the MI5 look sloppy. We're testing a new site: This content is coming soon 5. Having to answer the question 'so what happened with you and your ex' on every date.
Or the reason you divorced, didn't marry in the first place, how often your ex sees your children and whether you've had any other serious relationships since then. When it comes to probing questions, the single parent interrogation seems to know no bounds.
No matter how hot your date is. This content is coming soon 8. The dilemma of discussing your children Whilst your children are a major part of your life, and not something that you want to total neglect in conversation, assessing how much to bring them up on a date can be tricky, and that's before you have to consider When to introduce them to your new partner The big question, and one which everyone seems to have an opinion on.
Relationships take double the time to progress but are awesome when they do Without the luxury of being able to see each other all the time at the drop of the hat, relationships can take far more time to develop than would do in child-free situations.
The down side of this is that patience is required. The relationships that do stand the test of time are likely to be more solid - and definitely worth the wait. This content is coming soon Like us on Facebook.