We finally can tell you about the fun interview that we had with DatingAdvice.com.
In this piece, we talk about single motherhood. We also chat about how you know it is time to start dating and sharing some tips for making dating fun, having a blast and keeping it safe.
Here’s a snippet:
5 Single Mom Dating Tips From Someone Who’s Been There
Over the years, Teia has written extensively about dating and single motherhood, so we asked her to give us her top takeaways for single parents entering the modern dating world. After a moment’s contemplation, she reeled off five crucial tips based on her experiences and research.
1. Practice Good Self-Care
Teia’s first piece of dating advice for single moms is to take care of yourself throughout the process. Dallas Single Mom devotes an entire section to good self-care because it’s important to remind women to prioritize their own health and happiness. You and your family come first, so make sure you’re giving yourself love and treating yourself with kindness as you navigate the dating scene.
To use the words of one article, “Tender loving care is not just for your kids. You deserve it, too.”
2. Don’t Rush Into Anything
Single moms often have a lot on their plates. They have to juggle full-time careers with hands-on childcare, so adding a love interest can offset that delicate balance and create more problems than it solves. Teia advises women not to dive into a new relationship too quickly. Take the next step when you feel absolutely ready and not a second before.
“If you feel good about the opportunity, then say yes and make the most of it. Trust what makes you happy.” — Kelly Green in an article on Dallas Single Mom
The Dallas Single Mom blog advocates slowly integrating a new beau into family life and making certain you’re with the right person and in the right frame of mind before making a serious commitment.
3. Expect to Have Fun
When you’re running from daycare to dinner date to dead-tired downtime, it’s easy to forget that dating should be fun. It should be something you look forward to and want to do. Teia told us that single moms should go into their first dates expecting to have a good time because sitting down with a bad attitude sure isn’t going to get women the results they want.
“Basically, you should enjoy it because it’s supposed to be fun,” Teia said. “All of it is supposed to be fun.”
4. Tell Somebody Where You’re Going
This is just a common-sense safety tip for modern daters. If you haven’t met someone in person before, you should take some precautions to keep yourself safe. A simple text to a friend saying where you’re going can give you peace of mind on your blind date.
Teia also noted the importance of doing your research and making sure your online crush is who he says he is before you agree to a date.
5. Be Honest With Yourself
Last of all, Teia had a simple message for single moms in the dating world: “Be honest with yourself about why you’re doing it.”
“Our intent is to help from a place of love and good intentions. There are no judgments here — just advice that comes from the heart and the head.” — Teia Collier, Partner and Co-Founder of Dallas Single Mom
Whether your goal is to find a father for your children or just to have fun in your free time, you should own that truth and not pretend you want something different. After all, your dating success depends on how well you know yourself and how boldly you go after what you want.