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“It’s hard to meet your match when everyone you’re hanging out with is under three feet tall.” This means ditch Chuck E.
Cheese or glow-in-the-dark golf — and hit up places that are equally adult-kid friendly.
I may be single, but I got up the nerve to date — again — when Jack was around 2 and haven’t really stopped. Don’t get your kids so involved or go “dad hunting.”)Dating is for you — if it evolves — wonderful (see below on easing the intro between your child and special someone).
Old Friend from high school — and then some fleeting guys.(Jack is pretty oblivious to my dating life — my motto is he should be concerned with Lego, reading and basketball, not my love, or lack of love, life — and I offer this up as advice to single parents reading this.
“A museum (Monmouth Museum), bookstore (Book Towne), sidewalk fair (just take a walk down Cookman in Asbury Park), farmer’s market (Atlantic Farms), or a park/beach, where your kid can run on the grass and play catch are all places where adults hang out too,” advises Spencer.
A dog park, even if you don’t have a dog, is a winning spot too (that is if your kid likes dogs … Rule 4: Go out alone I’m notorious for grabbing lunch alone (love Taka in Asbury) and seeing films solo. Rule 5: Pay attention to your surroundings “Keep your eyes open at the grocery store and the gym,” says Rachel Russo, MS, MFT, relationship coach, matchmaker and New Jersey native.
Bonus: He’s a single dad, so there is common ground — someone who gets the demands and time constraints.
Suggest a bar or a tea house where you’ll be comfortable.I enjoy the peace and quiet, but it also allows me to scope out the scene and make new friends. Pay attention to who’s around you when you’re doing something you love, whatever you’re doing — chat up the guy ahead of you in line at the deli counter, or the one ordering a green juice (noting you’re a green juicer too).I’m a pretty outgoing person, so starting a convo at a sushi place, bookstore or beer garden isn’t hard for me. “This is a great way to get more comfortable talking to the opposite sex again,” says Russo.Plus, I think putting yourself out there solo, gives off this air of confidence … Rule 6: Get online Don’t be scared to, er, swipe right, or browse as you’re falling asleep.There’s also tons of free dating sites like Plenty of Fish and How About We (a great site for single parents because you make plans, skipping the back and forth never-ending Internet chatting and just go for it).