Parenting is challenging enough. Throw in raising a child as a single parent and, well, just think Mount Vesuvius on a good day.
I was shocked to hear this from Jill G. How can dating be a priority when there are so many other things to do? I have brought my daughter on a brunch or coffee date. Sometimes scheduling a date is easier if I can bring her. Diana says she simply got a bad feeling when speaking to one guy over the phone. She mentioned on the call that she lives across the street from a park and suggested they meet there for a first date. It was when he suggested that he pick her and her Single parent hookup another single parent up for a car ride to the park, that she felt major red flags.
She decided to cancel the date in that moment. If your gut is telling you something is off, listen! Diane remembers her own mom dating when she was younger.
That distinction is important because it changes the power dynamic. If you feel guilty about leaving the little ones to go out and date, take Jill's mindset: Once, when a date fell through with a late cancellation, she decided to spend the night out with some friends instead and had a blast.