Single Parent dating Q&A
When Should You Reveal You Have Children?
Problem: I took the plunge and joined an online dating site. I'm anxious to note I have a child because I don't want to scare guys away. What should I do? Paula, 24
Solution: You're teaching your children not to lie, right? Well, follow your own advice. If you're going to send mixed or false signals, there's no point in shooting the flare gun up at all. Check the 'yes' box that you have a child, and when it comes to filling in your 'About Me' box, mention in one brief sentence that you have a child you're nuts about. But then, use the rest of the space to talk about nothing but you. This is the one area of your life that isn't about what your child wants, but about what you want.
For example, tell potential suitors what books you like to read (this is an Elmo-free zone), latest movie you saw (Don't you dare say Toy Story), what food you like to cook (chicken nuggets don't count even if you prepare them every, single day!). Bottom line: If things work out, then you can start gushing about your little one and eventually let your date see for his or herself.
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