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Online dating… I have some very mixed feelings about this. I met my ex-husband online in 2001, when it wasn’t all that common, and clearly that didn’t turn out well. However, I also know that one of my best friends met her husband on a dating site, today they are together 7 years and expecting their second daughter any day now!

Did you know Single Parents who have dated online have dated more people in the last 3 months than Single Parents who haven’t dated online (79% have dated 1 or more person in the last three months vs. 75% of single parents who don’t online date). I think most single parents would agree that it is difficult to find time to date or get to know someone. I know in the past, for me, it was difficult. One because being a single parent is time consuming and also because I do not bring guys around the boys ever. Now I don’t mean male friends, I mean guys I might be interested in. It would take months of dating a specific guy before they were introduced to him.  For some, online dating could be a good option. It’s a good way to get to know someone a little before fitting a date into your schedule.

Match.com believes that just because you are a single parent, doesn’t mean you have to give up on your search for finding love. In fact, over 1/3 of Match members are single parents looking to connect with others on the site. To accommodate this busy and often multi-tasking group, Match is launching a series of Stir event happy hours JUST for single parents. All of the cool kids are doing it:  Just like Jenny McCarthy — single parents are jumping on the online dating bandwagon. Match.com has seen a 180% increase in single parents who have their kids living with them on Match over the last four years. Single Parents who use online dating sites have two times the dating success than those who don’t date online. The Single Parent Search?  Saturday mornings are the most popular time for single parents to check their Match accounts. Men find single women with kids HOT. In fact, 67% of men are willing to date a single parent vs. 59% of women.

I was asked to propose some questions to Match.com’s Relationship Expert Whitney Casey. Here was what she had to say:

1. How would you recommend a single parent get started in online dating?

Online dating is the perfect place for a single parent to start their dating journey again. We all know single parents have a lot of juggling and multitasking to do – and with Match, you have the opportunity to zip past the “but where do I even meet someone?” question. With both free searching and matching features on the site, Match allows the time-constrained to make the most out of their time online and ease into the process at their own pace.

And once you are ready to dip your toes in that water, it’s time to create your profile! It’s simple to set it up, and won’t take you more than 15 minutes. And if you get stuck, enlist a few of your best friends to help you!  You can always edit and revise your profile, so your first rendition doesn’t have to be the end-all-be-all of profiles.

2. What type of spot do you think is the best place to go when meeting someone for the first time?

I always recommend a public, neutral spot for a first date. This isn’t just for safety reasons, but it also serves as an impartial place for your relationship to start. If you suggest the same coffee shop for every date you have, and happen to have a not-so-great date in your sacred place, you could find yourself reminded of that date going forward with anyone else. It’s important to go into the date with a fresh perspective!

3. How is Match.com different from other dating sites?

Foremost, Match.com is the world’s largest dating company, bringing together over 1.9 MM paid subscribers on the site. With those sheer numbers, it’s no wonder that Match is responsible for more dates, more relationships, and more relationships than any other site. Our site offers a diverse group of people from all over the country that are serious about finding a relationship.

Match.com also offers unique features that you won’t find on other sites – including daily matches, mobile apps to check the site on the go, as well as our STIR event series, which helps connect our members in the offline world through unique experiences like cooking classes, dance lessons, movie premieres and casual happy hours.

4. Do you know how many single parents use online dating?

About 1/3 of our members between the ages of 23-50 are single parents, and we’ve seen a 180% increase in single parents joining Match.com over the last four years. In addition to the number of single parents we have using the site, over 2/3 of men are interested in dating a single mom (67%). There’s a great pool of people and potential dates who can relate to your situation hoping to connect online!

5. When coming out of a relationship, what’s a good amount of time to give yourself before dating?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a perfect recipe for how long you should wait before dating again. It is so subjective – some people can jump into a relationship right after another one ends without any problems, while others take more time to emotionally recover and feel comfortable heading back in the dating scene. My only suggestion is to take the time to learn and reflect from the previous relationship — list three things you learned from your last relationship, along with three positive aspects of the past relationship, before you decide to move forward. You’ll know you have grown, moved on, and are emotionally ready when you can accept your ex and your past for what it was, and take your learning’s from the relationship and apply them moving forward.

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