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"Don't be strident or negative, but don't hesitate to state strong beliefs. You may get fewer responses, but you're likely to be more compatible with the people who respond." Whether you're dating online or not, it can't hurt to also let friends, family members, and acquaintances know that you're available and want to meet people.
There is no guarantee that you are going to like your sister-in-law's newly divorced first cousin, of course, but the connection ensures that your date is not a complete unknown. Arrange to meet at a cafÃ© or restaurant rather than at your home or his. For your first meeting, it is best to arrange a coffee date rather than a dinner or an afternoon at a museum.Look for red flags such as a lack of responsibility, words and actions not matching up, and poor treatment of others. You want to select someone who can really add to your life and your child's life.If you find you are making poor choices in men, talk with a friend, clergy person or therapist. It's a learning curve like anything else so you need to get out there and practice.I agree it's best to keep dating and your children separate until you know the man is "a keeper." Meet the dates outside the house and make sure your child is left in safe hands. Having a healthy adult relationship is an important part of life and like anything else takes time and effort.So, don't hesitate to slow things down if your date is ready, but you are not.