Online dating parents
The survey emphasizes this, with 78% of Americans preferring to wait until they're in a serious relationship before introducing a new partner to their kids.
However, once you do meet your new partner's children (and/or they meet yours), it's a good idea to try and get on.
21% of single dads would get their child's help with writing a dating profile. Brittany Wong, writing for the Huffington Post, 2014.
'The 15 biggest misconceptions about single parents'.
You may want to brush up on your story-time skills and cartoon character knowledge to win favour: 72% of single parents with kids under 13 would only date someone their child expressly approved of.
However, if you're dating someone with older or adult children, the pressure to impress is off - in fact, 54% of single parents with kids over 18 agree with the statement ''it’s none of my children’s business who I date.'' Whether you're dating as a parent or dating a parent (or both), remember this: impressing the kids is good but you are also entitled to give your adult relationships room to grow.
For those with elementary-school-aged kids (under 13) that drops to 41%, and for those with high-schoolers (under 18), it drops again to 29%.
45% of single moms dating, and with kids over 18 say that they show their children a potential partner's online profile before deciding to message them. As well as the examples above, the presence of kids can bring single parents and those dating them together in an unexpected way: a whopping 73% of singles in the US say that having a positive relationship with a partner’s children makes them love their partner more.
Salama explains ''as this study reveals, the majority of individuals are open to the idea of meeting single parents.
They are perceived as independent and more experienced, and subsequently clearer about what they’re seeking in a relationship.
There is one main area where those with grown-up children and those with younger kids differ, and that's in their desire to have more children with their new partner.
76% of singles with children under 5 would like more kids in their new relationship.