Dating advice divorced mothers
Don't have shared custody or family or friends in the area? 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."It's important to engage your village, friends, family who can support you with time-sharing and babysitting," Zane says.
"Time with friends, time spent on activities that don't include kids or work, and time alone are all important." If you don't have time for these, your schedule may be too busy to fit dating in -- for now.
If you want to date, you'll have to make time in your life for it.
Instead, focus on topics that are easy to discuss and help you learn about each other.
Though you may be excited about a new relationship, be extra cautious about sharing this information with your kids.
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.
"How would you feel if your kids came into your bedroom in the middle of the night with this person sleeping over?
If you can comfortably answer your child's questions and tend to their needs with that person lying in bed next to you, then maybe you're on the way to some slumber parties." If not, you can find other creative ways to make time for intimacy.
Baumgartner recommends relating it to friendships your child may have had.
Talk about how we meet people we like and as we get to know each other better we get to decide if we still want to be friends, she says.
No matter what the age of the child, avoid a detailed account of why you broke up.