, has been there, done that, remarried, and lived to write a book about the tale.
She shared with some of her best advice when it comes to restarting in the dating world after divorce, and why having a "tribe" is not only important for surviving single parenting, but for surviving single parent 1.
Many have come before you and many will still yet come.
At times, single parenting will feel like the hardest thing you've ever done.
When you're raising a child as a single parent, you're handling a lot of tasks and decisions on your own.
You need effective ways to find support and make life easier and more fun for you and your child. Keep mealtimes, bedtimes, and the time the family wakes up in the morning fairly consistent.
"Also, parents need and deserve some kid-free time to get things accomplished and decompress a bit." No matter how busy life gets, devote time on a regular basis to relaxing and having fun with your kids.
Focus your attention on enjoying each other's company and tune out other distractions.
This doesn't mean that you should spend your date talking about your child's honor roll status - but isn't it best to start any relationship with honesty? Set Your Standards High There's no doubt that dating when you're a single parent raises the stakes-after all, this is not just about you anymore. But eventually your kid is old enough what "dating" means. And when you are ready to introduce your date, you might be surprised to hear that your kid isn't ready to meet him/her yet. I'm not sure if any parent ever achieves balance, whether you're single or married. Childcare can be a huge challenge for single parents."I often recommend to families that they schedule a play time -- perhaps once a week -- when they turn off the television and phone and spend a half hour playing a game, taking a walk, or throwing a ball around," says Barry G.Ginsberg, Ph D, a child and family psychologist in Doylestown, Pa., and author of 50 Wonderful Ways to Be a Single-Parent Family.For many single parents, dating is exciting and scary at the same time.On one hand, you can hardly contain your enthusiasm for your new love interest.