The Rules of Online Dating for Single Moms
DO be clear with your child's father. While you may not be in a relationship anymore, the father of your children may have certain expectations as to what you can and can't do when it comes to dating and who your children are exposed to. You need to cut the emotional and physical ties you may have with your ex before exploring a new relationship. Don't let him find your profile online - 'fess up first.
DON'T rush. Just because you received 20 messages in an hour doesn't mean you need to respond to all of them or set up dates with each person. Take the time to read each profile carefully and even do a little outside research such as entering their names in a search engine, doing a police records search or looking up their social media profiles. You want to make sure you are surrounding yourself with safe and positive people.
DON'T be dishonest. Think about how you would feel if you showed up for a date with a handsome 40-something dentist, only to find a balding, elderly grocery clerk. Post a recent but flattering photo of yourself and be truthful about your age, occupation, income and the fact that you have children. Potential partners will find out sooner or later that you don't look like Angelina Jolie, so start on an honest note.