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Safety Precautions for Single Parents
If you're a single parent considering online dating, you 're definitely not
alone. There are millions of people from every walk of life who have joined
the online dating craze.
Online dating is the single most used service on the Internet. It is used
far more frequently than online shopping or online banking. All of the research
combined that is done online doesn't hold a candle to the frequency with
which online dating services are used.
There are no statistics to prove it, but it's likely that there are millions
more online dates every day than real world dates.
With the divorce rates on the rise, it is no wonder that there are more and
more single parents out there who are participating in online dating.
Mothers and fathers who find themselves as single parents are faced with
a whole set of problems that they never dreamed existed and are certainly
not prepared to deal with. They quickly find that children take time and
energy and that when one parent is gone, the entire burden is theirs alone
to bear. They also find out rather quickly that baby sitters don't work cheap.
The single parent is faced with a nonexistent social life and loneliness
for adult companionship like they never believed possible.
Before they leave for their work day they must see to the needs of their
children and provide care for them. After work, every bit of their remaining
energy is used to feed and bathe the children and get them into bed. There
isn't much time and certainly no energy left to pursue a social life of their
own even if they could afford the price of a baby sitter. The solution that
most of them find is to simply boot up their computers and join an online
The things that are important for these single parents to remember is (1)
that the same honest-is-the-best-policy that they teach their children is
also the best one for them to live by themselves when dating online and (2)
that the same safety precautions that they use to protect their children
in the real world are the same ones that need to be employed for themselves
and their children when dating online.
First, when a single parent posts their profile online, they need to make
it clear that they have children. Springing the fact of kids after a relationship
has begun to develop is not honest and it is a sure show stopper. A person
who is a single parent needs to say so up front. There are other single parents
out there and there are those who will accept children in a relationship.
The single parent shouldn't spend time whining to an online dating partner
about the ex-spouse who left them in the position of being a single parent.
The fact that you have kids, that you love your kids and that they come first
with you is enough information.
Remember that when dating online a single parent is the only person standing
between his or her children and the child predators on the Internet who would
do them harm. Do not ever give out information that would allow children
to be identified and this includes their names as well as the names of the
schools or day cares which they attend.
Online dating can be a real benefit for single parents. It is about the only
way that they can engage in conversation with other adults after the children
are tucked in for the night. And, who knows, it is very possible that a single
parent can find love online.
What's more, there are single parent dating sites designed specifically for
So what are you waiting for? The person of your dreams may be as close as
your computer screen.