Father's Day Dating Tips for the Single Dad

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Date.comÂ?s advice for single DadÂ?s looking for the gift of love this FatherÂ?s Day.

Date.com, the leading online dating site with more than two million members nationwide, is giving single Dad’s a Father’s Day gift to remember. For men who have been off the market and find themselves single after a long-term relationship or marriage, the dating scene can be confusing and intimidating. Imagine how nervous kids feel as they watch Dad get ready for a date.

Date.com’s relationship advisor, Brenda Ross, has put together refresher dating tips to get men, in every stage of the dating scene, into the right frame of mind. The following advice for a healthy, successful and long-lasting relationship also considers children’s feelings as they watch Dad navigate the dating circuit.

Brand New Single Dads: Give yourself a reasonable time to heal before beginning any new relationship. It's very tempting to jump into something new, but doing it to avoid the pain of a recent break-up will eventually lead to hurt feelings all around. When you're ready to date again, let your friends, neighbors and relatives know that you are available and looking. Many happy couples are the result of a friend or family fix-up.

New Single Dads Preparing for the First Date: Make sure to keep the time you spend with your children and the time you dedicate to dating separate. This is especially important for weekend parents. You want your kids to know that your time with them is valued. Children will often resent someone new if they feel that their kid-parent time is being cut short or imposed upon.

New Single Dads Already Dating a Short Time: Talk to your children about the subject of your dating. When you're ready to take the next step, don't let them discourage you. Being honest and upfront makes everyone's life easier.

Single Dads Starting to Get Serious: There should never be a rush to introduce someone new to your children, especially if you aren't sure if the relationship has long-term potential. A new relationship might feel promising, but only time will tell, so wait a bit before you bring someone new into your inner circle. Introducing a succession of new people to your children only creates uncertainty and a lack of security.

ÿ Single Dads Preparing to Involve the Family: Be wary of a potential date who only wants to see you without your children. Although it's more conducive to romance, a healthy relationship has a mix of grown up and kid-related activities.

Seasoned Single Dads: Be patient. It could take months or more to meet someone special. Stick to your internal list of what you are looking for in a partner, and your list of deal breakers. Be honest about who you are and what you are looking for. Become friends with your dates. The person you went out with last Saturday night might not have been "the one," but we all have friends, and one of those friends could wind up being your future partner.

About Date.com:

Every relationship begins with a date. Date.com is a community committed to helping its members find and maintain the best relationship for them. Launched in 1997 and re-launched in 2001 as a subscription based service, the site has approximately two million active members worldwide with over eight million members since 1997. Date.com members range in age from 18 to over 80. The premier resource for all dating and relationship needs, Date.com melds personality profiles, chat and IM, with our proprietary interactive Webzine, Date Info, which features monthly polls and expert advice about dating, relationships, entertainment and health.


Shira Kallus



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