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If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email. It would be a lie to say I didn't have any dating skills. Like most young women, I'd had plenty of dates that never went anywhere, and some memorable ones that eventually blossomed into relationships.
The dating part seemed relatively easy -- if there was a spark, you went out again -- but the relationship part was a different story entirely.
When I found myself in the midst of a divorce and navigating a new dating world -- this time as a single mother -- it dawned on me that any experience garnered in my former incarnation as a single woman had to be thrown out the window. Dating-as-a-divorced-mother was an entirely new game, one whose rules -- despite my eagerness to learn them -- remained steadfastly mysterious.
There weren't going to be any short cuts, and I didn't know any single mothers to consult for tips. I would have to learn them on my own in the trenches. Men and women seem to cope differently with the collapse of a relationship.
In my experience, men are often more skilled or at least faster at getting back in the game. I was not in any shape to go out and meet a new love interest, nor was anyone seeking my company dour divorcee is hardly on the top of anyone's list of desired dates.
Eventually, after the fog of said miserable divorce started to lift -- or perhaps precipitated by my intense desire for it to lift -- friends and acquaintances began to set me up on dates. Early on in the blind date parade, there was the attractive young television director, with whom I shared a quirky lunch date. We sat down at a restaurant on Melrose and began the process of inquiring about each other's lives. He took such lingering pauses before responding that I started to think he'd forgotten the question.
Then, just as the silence had stretched to the point of becoming awkward, he would reel himself back in from his mental escape hatch and say something witty. He seemed to be toying with me, but since I was so out of practice, I couldn't be certain.
Perhaps it was his dazzling smile that made me give him the benefit of the doubt. In a grand gesture, he ordered several entrees and two desserts and encouraged me to "dig in. He lightened up as the meal progressed and we seemed to have fun, but when he walked me to my car, he said, "It was nice to meet you" in a way that told me he would not be calling again. I chalked it up to my voracious appetite, which may have been a turn-off for a Hollywood director accustomed to whippet-thin actresses who rarely eat, but I found out later that he already had a girlfriend.
It turned out that he was merely "shopping around" while she was out of town. Ask more questions before accepting blind dates. Then there was a perfectly nice fellow, a body-builder with a sensitive side who shared lavender cupcakes and tea with me one hot summer afternoon. He asked thoughtful questions and was a good listener, but we had a distinct lack of chemistry.
There are a lot of negotiables in a relationship but sexual attraction is not one of them. If there's no chemistry, do not pass go.
What needs are you looking to fill? If you're dying to get out of the house, call your girlfriends for a night out. If you want to feel wanted, volunteer. If you're looking to get your heart pounding, try some cardio. Expecting dating to fulfill all your needs is unrealistic and might attract or cause you to accept people who aren't right for you. What's your parenting style?
Finding the Time Once you've decided that you're ready to date, it might feel impossible to find the time. And Baumgartner says that single parents need to consider that this may be true. If you want to date, you'll have to make time in your life for it. Parents who have a shared custody agreement may have evenings without the kids that they can use to schedule dates. Don't have shared custody or family or friends in the area? Zane directs her clients to MomMeetMom.
You fill out a profile and it matches you with other like-minded mothers in your area. We call that a win-win. Find the right parenting books for your family's needs. Where to Look Dating has changed since you were single, and so have you. You're older now, hopefully wiser, and have kids to consider.
You can't date the same way now as you did in your twenties, Baumgartner says. Since hitting the bars is out, start by "dating" for friends, Baumgartner suggests. Look for people who like to do the same things as you do. They offer a casual group setting and regularly scheduled meet-ups, and allow you to do something while you're getting to know the other person. If activities seem too hard on your schedule or psyche right now, Zane says to look into the Internet dating scene.
For the timid or busy, it's a great way to get used to the idea of looking for love without the pressure. Is your child too sick for school?
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