Parenting.com: 16 celebrity single moms When Should You Reveal You Have Kids?Problem: I took the plunge and joined an online dating site.
Embrace that nervous energy, those sweaty palms and the knots in your stomach, because they're all signs you're taking a positive step forward to try something new in your life. If the father of my child didn't like me enough to stay around, what makes me think a guy who has no biological connection to my child will?
You have to step out on a limb sometimes -- that's where all the fruit is." To put things in greater perspective, think about all of the things you've managed as a single parent: middle-of-the-night illness, potty training, getting the bills paid. --Tia, 34, New York, New York Solution: "It's so completely understandable that you feel insecure for this reason, but the decision by the father of your child to leave was his, not yours -- and a choice that big cannot boil down to something as simple as 'not liking you enough.' "Whatever his reasons were, they were his reasons, his issues, and his problems, not yours.
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!
Right or that you have to sneak around like a high schooler.
"Just wait until it really seems as if the relationship is serious and stable.How do I have my adult fun when the date is on a time schedule?--Shannon, 29, Avon, Ohio Solution: Yes, you can have your cake, eat and enjoy it too.Discover single parents looking for meaningful relationships online on Guardian Soulmates.If you are new to online dating or want to find out more about the online dating scene for single parents, then check out the Soulmates Blog for great tips and advice.I'm anxious to note I have a kid because I don't want to scare guys away. --Ashley, 28, Winter Garden, Florida Solution: You're teaching your kids not to lie, right? "If you're going to send mixed or false signals, there's no point in shooting the flare gun up at all.