Single Parents Dating Sites and Apps Working moms are taking the plunge into online single parent dating. Get out there dating — really! By Laura Lifshitz posted Feb 24th, at 3: You should try too. You can do it at home, at night after the kids go to bed, in your pajamas if you want.
Phone Apps Tinder Pros: Tinder is quick and easy. You set it up through your Facebook account and set your preferences within minutes. Searching for matches is super simple. A simple swipe left, and that dream guy is gone forever; a simple swipe right, and he could end up a match for life!
This leaves you wondering things like: The list goes on. The most frustrating aspect about Tinder: Yeah, I said that! What makes it unique is women have to pitch the first message. Guys cannot contact you first. This is a huge pro. Like Tinder, Bumble is easy to set up. It uses your Facebook information and within seconds, voila! My experience with Tinder was that men could waste your precious single-mom minutes messaging you back and forth.
So if I make a mistake or want a second look at someone, I can backtrack and revisit a potential match. This feels like a waste of time when you match with someone only to find out that, bam! Phone apps are quick to install and use but often come with glitches. Messages often freeze or are never received. Additionally, because men tend to simply look at the photos without reading the profile blurb, some were caught off-guard and turned off when they discovered I was a mom.
Additional apps to try: Match lets you narrow your search terms, including whether your date has kids and his income range, which helps you filter. Photos are easy to upload, and you can pick and choose how many questions you want to answer or leave blank. Match also does meetup events, which are great—but be prepared: If you live in the suburbs, you will have to go to the nearest city to attend.
In order to message people, you have to pay for a subscription. The pro here is that men who are paying are more likely to message back and make dates. A website is more difficult and takes more time than an app, hands down.
However, you can filter your matches better. I recommend signing up when you can find a Groupon. Single Parent Meet Pros: It was easy to upload photos off my computer, and I was up and running in minutes. After just a few searches, I deleted my account, having found the dating pool there to be unbelievably shallow. You may have a different experience. EHarmony worked well for a few of my friends—but none of them were single parents.
Not practical for a single working mother. They do a nice job with their psychological tests, bound to introduce you to better matches, but the process is long and it costs. OkCupid is free yay! Some here are racy. I got a few decent dates from OkCupid with actual nice guys, but I also got a ton of messages from guys way too young for me looking for a MILF barf , or who fake their profiles adding kids to scam me.
Overall Websites allow you to upload more photos than apps, and you can narrow your search parameters. But they usually take more time to set up. And be prepared to get hit up by creeps or people outside of your dating search terms.
Additional sites to try: The bottom line, ladies? Make time to date. Will you have the same ease and time you had before you became Mommy? No—but you deserve to have love in your life!