On to the post written way back in 2013, my experience in online dating:
My name is April, and I am single. A single mother of two, not by choice, who must submit myself to the terrible, painful, MEAN world of dating.
Because I do have two little angels who keep me busy 24/7, there are zero options for meeting men. So where did I venture to explore the other day? I entered the wild world of online dating.
Help me please, if this is what I have to look forward to. Not the selection of men. No. There were plenty of great looking, seemingly successful men to shop for on the websites. Websites. THAT was the problem.
It started with Match, which is perhaps the most popular online dating site with however millions of users. Reading through profiles, you would think we lived in a world where every single man is an Abercrombie model who is honest and pure of heart who just cannot understand why he is not paired with his princess in waiting. One quick read of their profiles sheds light on why they are still seeking.
Apparently all the men on Match.com are also Catholic. By this point, I am wondering if all the same stallions are claiming to be over 50 and have also joined “Our Time,” the new dating site for those enjoying the second half of their lives.
As if the email Gods were shining down on me, I received a message telling me that I could view some matches on eharmony for free until January 8th. No thanks. I’m convinced that even the free site “Plenty of Fish” will produce the same list of gentlemen. I’m not outdoor-y like that, fishing isn’t really my thing. (And from results some of my friends have had, you seem to “get what you pay for.”)
Where does one go to meet someone to share their life? Did I miss the boat back in high school? College? My first jobs? Am I not looking around hard enough because I am so wrapped up in my career, education, children’s lives to realize something that may be right in front of me?
Are you a single parent? How do you manage to have a social life and balance home life? Do you have a nanny, personal assistant, housekeeper, laundry service, and a personal shopper? Are you willing to share? We’d love for you to leave a comment below telling us how you manage to balance all areas of your life.
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