Mixing single parenting responsibilities with a dating relationship is a tricky proposition for most single parents. Single parenting, especially for Christian singles, comes with a bunch of added stress units.
Single Parenting and Becoming Relationship Ready
There are several steps single moms and dads living a single parenting life can take in order to become what we call “relationship ready” for a healthy dating experience:
Single Parenting Step 1: Blow Off Steam
Successfully reducing single parenting stress in your life is an important first step single moms and dads should take before even considering a dating relationship.
Single Parenting Step 2: Leave the Past Behind.
Getting over the heartache and hurt of past relationships is essential if one is to be relationship ready. After all, who wants to deal with a rebound dater, or someone who is still carrying around bitterness in his or her soul? Oftentimes, making peace with our past starts with experiencing the power of forgiveness and forgiving in our lives. If you are a Christian single parenting divorcee, you will also have to work through the biblical aspects of dating after divorce.
Single Parenting Step 3: Remember You’re a Package Deal
As a single parent, it’s not just about you, but also about the kids. If you’re thinking about dating as a single parent, make sure your children and the person you are interested in understands this situation.
Single Parenting Step 4: Protect Yourself from Bad Dates
Bad dates can and do occur because we choose bad dating partners. Unfortunately, out of loneliness many single parents dating step heart first into dating relationships without carefully praying about and evaluating the other person. Some helpful single parenting articles that may be helpful:
Safety Dating Tips for Christian Singles
When to Dump a Dating Relationships
How to Spot a Dating Married Man
Christian Men Who Make Stupid Dating Mistakes
Pathological Liars-Are You Dating a Liar
Commitment Phobia and Singles
Abusive Relationships-Are You Dating an Abuser?
Overcoming Jealousy-Jealous Dating
Are you a single Christian with something to share about single parenting?