How to Find Time for Dating as a Single Dad


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The world of dating can be overwhelming at the best of times, but especially so when you’re a single parent hesitant to get back into the dating world and trying to find the time to do so in the first place. Finding time for dating as a single dad doesn’t have to be impossible, however, and here’s a guide with some starting tips.

First Tip: Be Ready to Start Dating

Before you look into making plans for dating around a busy single-parent life, be sure that you’re ready for the commitment. You don’t want to rush into dating or cause yourself stress trying to move responsibilities around if you’re simply not ready. So take the time to think about what you’re ready for and whether you will enjoy the dating experience at this time.

Try Online Dating

Online dating isn’t for everyone, but it’s worth a try when you’re a busy single parent. This is because you can easily log on using technology whenever you get a free moment around your working and parental schedule. You can easily connect with someone after you’ve put the kids to bed, or when you get a spare hour at lunch.

It can also be helpful if you want to dip your toe into the dating world and simply try speaking with a few people.

Extra tip: online dating is helpful for you to disclose that you’re a single parent in your dating profile. This will make it easier for you to connect with people who know and understand that you have children.

Save Time with Your Children

There are lots of ways you can save time with your parental duties without compromising on the bond you have or the quality time you’re sharing. It may take a little reevaluation on how you spend your time, and how you can free up time which can be spent on meeting new people and going on dates.

Can you shop online and order items for your children online instead of spending a full day shopping? If weekends are your only days to shop for kids’ items like new clothing, you can free up a day for dating if you can order online during the week instead. You can find subscriptions for kids outfits online to make it a lot easier.

Can you organize your routine better to save time? Prepare your children’s lunches or school supplies the night before so mornings are easier, and perhaps you can get in a morning coffee date with somebody?

Make it a Social Occasion

There’s no reason you can’t turn family time into a more social affair. If you want to meet other single parents with dating potential, do more things as a family where other single parents are bound to be, such as classes, events, or even exploring the outdoors in family-friendly spots. You could even suggest having a day out with the kids if you’re dating a person who also has their own, so you can turn it into a group bonding experience.


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