As of this coming February, I've been single for 7 years. Completely single. No dates, no hand holding, no kissing, no funky action... Nothing. Not even any attraction. Zilch.
I'm 36 and have three kids aged 10, 8 and 6. I have the kids full time, their father never has them and has next to nothing to do with them. That won't be changing anytime soon. The kids and I live with my mum as I struggle a lot on my own (hats off to all of you who do it on your own, you are amazing).
I rarely go out. I went out twice this year and was home in bed by 11pm lol.
I've tried online dating but it just doesn't seem to work for me. During this year, I started texting a guy but when I told him that I had my kids full time and lived with my mum, he stopped texting hahahaha. Fair enough.
That's as far as I've ever gotten! I would love to meet someone, even if it is just as a friendship. Just meeting a male who I'm not related to and who has similar likes as me would be amazing!
This year, I've been on POF and Tinder. I've tried E Harmony in the past and a couple of others.
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31-12-2015 15:51 #1
31-12-2015 16:16 #2
Hey you :-)
I don't have much to offer except that I met someone on RSVP. Don't know where it's going yet, but I got great advice from another hubber to just put yourself out there and meet as soon as possible, even if it's just 20 minutes for a coffee.
The only thing I'd add is the older I get the less important 'similar interests' is to me. I'm interested in what people love - I like to hear people talk about what they are knowledgeable about and come to life when they speak of their enjoyment of something. Likewise, I'm attracted to someone who feels that way about things I talk about - who can ask questions and shows interest even if it's not an interest to them. Don't know if that makes sense.
I do have little deal breakers though, and I ask a person what theirs are too. I only have one or two, but I think it's good to get that conversation out of the way early. Nothing worse than getting attached then finding out they have Trump wallpaper in their room or something :-)
Good luck - it's hard at first to put yourself out there but the good news is you know you're fine on your own, so you can be totes choosy and not at all desperate x
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31-12-2015 16:17 #3
31-12-2015 19:55 #4
I don't really have any interests apart from social media, reading chick lit and sleeping lol.
It's just so daunting and disheartening.
31-12-2015 20:24 #5Senior Member
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I'm not a single parent but when I was single I did meet guys online and a couple of friends met their partners online, married and had babies so it does happen. Just think if you're sitting around finding it hard to get out and meet people then damn sure there are some decent guys in the same boat. I do think online is a good way to dip toes in and talk to guys without meeting face to face so you can get in the practice of chatting again. I used rsvp but this was 6+ years ago the landscape has changed I'm sure!
One thing I find interesting about online though is I used to have arbitrary things which put me off people as you're just scrolling through looking at people on paper. I think about my DH who is actually perfect for me (didn't meet online) and wonder if I saw his profile online on paper would I have clicked on him? Sadly probably no as it would have read something like I'm a tradie, I love movies, JJJ, playing sport, into motorsport, with poor grammar and spelling lol. I was so superficial at just mentally going nope and going to the next person. I'm glad I met him in real life in a very random setting so I guess what I'm saying is keep an open mind and a list of firm 'must-haves' or as @harvs said deal-breakers and start with no pressure chatting online, coffee dates etc.
hopefully in time you meet someone who accepts you and your kids, I truly believe there are decent guys out there and often not in the package we were expecting so see how you go 😊 if you're not comfortable with online then hobbies, kids activities, little courses like cooking, gardening etc and maybe others have suggestions on where to meet like-minded people.
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31-12-2015 21:49 #7Senior Member
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3 years of nothing here.
I go through phases of lonely and phases of fine,
Having a lonely time tonight
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04-01-2016 18:15 #8
I really do have to be less picky! Bad spelling etc puts me right off usually, I shall try and look past it lol.
I had a promotion email from eharmony this afternoon so have taken it as a sign and have reopened my account.
Those of you who use online dating, do you ever pay?
04-01-2016 18:25 #9Senior Member
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Can I just pipe up and say you are looking fab so you can be picky.
I met DH through a friend's work so no help with online dating.
I know you have your kids fulltime but any way if joining anything like a local book club (if you like books), wine club or something?
04-01-2016 18:38 #10
I have been a single mum and it is a tough gig!! I don't believe you should pay to meet someone. I have been with my partner for two years, we met through OasisActive. It wasn't a bad site, there are ********* everywhere and I believe you should be picky to a certain extent because you have to be attracted to them. I remember one of my girlfriends told me I was being too picky because I wanted a man who had all of his hair and teeth lol.
I met my partner, I was ready to give up seriously, there are so many douchebags out there. I have two children, he has none but we are expecting our first child together (i am 31 weeks tomorrow). He didn't want kids so soon as he felt he wasn't ready (I am 6 years older than him) but I must admit he has taken on the role of stepdad with ease and he is looking forward to being a dad despite things not being planned. All I can say is, that there are amazing guys out there looking for a good woman but unfortunately you will meet a lot of w@nkers as well. Online dating is good but it has made expectations unrealistic. I found a wonderful bloke, you can find one too....good luck ......oh, I had my first "date" with my partner at the RSL as it had a kid's club, so that gave me a few hours child free to get to know him. Sometimes as single mums we don't get to have a honeymoon period and my partner was like, I am not sure if I can handle the fact that you have kids. I was like, just be their friend and it obviously went from there. But also in saying that, you have to be cautious when you have kids naturally but yeah there are decent men out there, like I mentioned
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