Dating as a single parent can be difficult anytime. Add to that a global pandemic and you may as well wait until your kids move out of the house. Kidding. We all know that dating is difficult, and as a single parent even more so. So, what can you do to stay safe during the pandemic whilst still having a love life? We’ve come up with a few tips, suggestions, and ideas to give your romantic life that fuel it needs to keep on burning during pandemic time.
Keep it virtual
According to medical experts, you should opt for dating virtually during this time of Covid-19. With so many options available it is easier than ever to stick to using dating sites or dating apps and getting to know someone until it’s safe to meet up in person.
Keeping your distance not only helps you and your family to stay safe, (because hey, you never know) but it also gives you time to get to know someone and see if they truly are a good match for you.
It may be easier said than done, right?
Yeah, I thought so. You may be frustrated by the pandemic overall or you may just be desperate to get out of the house and have some human interaction. If you are keen on meeting someone for some Essex dating, for example, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Establish the rules
You may be used to meeting up for a quick coffee date before making the school run, or have a childminder at the ready for those unexpected date nights, but oh how times have changed. Firstly, you have to take any and all restrictions into consideration. Secondly, this is the time to be more choosy with potential dates/mates. Not only is it important to get to know them a bit more before meeting up, bit it’s also important to know that you are on the same page about how to get on with the date.
1) Quick drink or what?
Do you want to meet and grab a quick drink to finally meet in person, or do you want to have a meal together? What if you want more and they want less, or vice-versa. It’s important to set up the rules and ensure that you are on the same page before even considering meeting up in person.
Will you socially distance? Will you wear a mask? How will you greet each other? Though trivial under normal circumstances, these things are more important now than ever.
2) To kiss or not to kiss
I know a girl who went for a quick coffee date but was kissed unexpectedly at the end of the date. It put her off but she didn’t set the rules or boundaries, which she now wishes she had. She didn’t see the chap again, which made her feel like she should have more careful with what she was doing.
If you date a couple of people a month and start kissing you are putting yourself at risk during these, well, risky times. If the person that you just went on a date with has done the same, then contact tracing is pretty much going to go out of control.
3) Be direct and to the point!
MSNBC suggests you answer these questions:
- Can each of you quarantine and socially distance for 10 to 14 days ahead of meeting?
- Is it possible for you to get tested a few days ahead of meeting (or less if rapid testing is available) for Covid-19 an option?
- Has your date had any concerning exposures, at work or at home, leading up to your meetup?
It can be awkward to “go there” but it’s worth keeping yourself and your family safe. If you can, we suggest you continue staying safe and get to know people virtually. This approach will keep you safe, you can do it in the comfort of your home, and best of all if you are dating as a single parent you will be setting a great example for your kids. Because if they an’t go out and play with their friends like normally, why should you be able to?