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Single parent dating tips: find the perfect partner

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EliteSingles is a site where all kinds of Irish singles meet their long-term match. That said, the majority of our members are between the ages of 30-55, meaning that many are of an age when they want their lives to involve kids. In fact, 1 in 4 users already have children – resulting in many parents looking for love on our site. If you’re ready for a single parent dating site that works, then get started with EliteSingles today. After all, your next great love might be just around the corner.

Single parent dating in Ireland

Irish family stereotypes normally revolve around the idea of the bigger the better but, in fact, many Irish households don’t live up to this model. Indeed, the 2011 Census showed that over half-a-million people in Ireland live in one-parent families, meaning that almost 20% of Irish children live with a single parent.1 Dating for these parents would be easy (one would think), what with so many options to choose from, yet for many single parents in Ireland, this just isn’t the case.

In fact, many feel like ‘single parent’ and ‘dating’ are incompatible. For parents trying to balance work, children and dating, it can be frustrating to even find a date, let alone a compatible one! You’ll arrange a date with a woman you’ve met at the school gates – only to find out you have nothing in common but the kids. You’ll meet a wonderful man at work – but then discover he never wants children. It’s tricky! Happily, there is another way for single parents in Ireland to find a long-term partner: using a dating website.

Single parent? Dating online has some key benefits

Indeed, if you are serious about having love in your life, online dating is the sensible choice, as you can easily find others who feel the same. What’s more, you can take the opportunity to be refreshingly frank about your single parent lifestyle, your wishes for the future and your priorities – meaning you can find the perfect partner without spending energy on people without long-term potential.

Furthermore, with dating sites like EliteSingles, you can find the ideal mix of support and independence. We want you to find love that fits your lifestyle- not the other way around. That’s why we take personality, location in Ireland and relationship plans into account: we want to ensure that we only suggest people who are right for you. Ultimately, though, you have the reigns when it comes to romance. You choose who can view your profile or contact you, you decide the speed at which your relationships develop and you can get to know people on your own terms via our messaging system before you meet – ensuring that your first date will be worth your precious time.

Expert tips on dating for parents

Dating for parents is certianly made easier online – but meeting someone great is just the start of the adventure. With that in mind, EliteSingles talked to Relationship Coach Sam Owen2 and Psychologist Dr. Leah Klungness3 to discover the top three tips you need to succeed at single parent dating.

Whether you’re single parent dating in Donegal, Cork, Sligo etc, EliteSingles is here to help you with the process of finding that special someone.


1 One parent families in Ireland: facts and figures from 2011 Census data. Found at http://www.onefamily.ie/policy-campaigns/facts-figures/

2 Sam Owen is a Psychologist and Relationship Coach who has worked extensively with EliteSingles. You can read her blog here or follow her on Twitter

3 Leah Klungness Ph.D. is the co-author of The Complete Single Mother and can be found on Twitter. All quotes from an exclusive interview with EliteSingles, 2013.

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