If you’re new to online dating as a single mom, it can be totally overwhelming and confusing. Luckily, I’ve outlined the best dating sites for single parents in this handy guide.
How to decide which dating apps to try as a single parent dating again
Which site you choose depends on several factors:
- Where you live. Each city has its own vibe on each dating site for single moms. For example, OKCupid is among the most popular in New York City where I live, and is the best resource for quality dating. But in other cities, OKC is used mostly for hooking up. Ask your friends. Ask men you date. Check out a few.
- Try more than one. Each site has different types of men as members. It’s just like looking for a job – you may have your resume posted on Monster.com, Indeed, and a couple of industry-specific sites.
- Don’t give up too soon. Dating is about dating – meeting new people, learning about yourself, your tastes and needs at this time of your life. Just because a date doesn’t lead to marriage does not make it a disaster! Did you have fun? Meet a nice person? Learn something about yourself? Consider it a success!
Just because you’ve been on six dates with guys you’ve met online, but still haven’t fallen into a serious relationship, don’t give up on online dating! The internet is just a medium for meeting men. A tool. Keep at it, try new things and keep an open mind. Also: HAVE FUN!
Best single mom dating sites
OKCupid I love OKCupid. Again, it is very popular in New York City where I live, but I find it to be a great interface. There is a free version, but very few people can resist upgrading. When you upgrade on OkCupid, you have access to features like seeing who “liked” your profile, or when the guy you’re hot for last logged in. OKC is a highly interactive site, which features thousands and thousands of user-generated questions that allow you to really get to know a prospective match.
Match.com One of the oldest and most popular sites, you cannot go wrong with Match.com. I met a serious boyfriend on there, and many great people I know have Match accounts. The interface is a little dated, but workable. Plus, there’s a free trial option, low monthly cost, and creating a profile is simple.
Tinder This started out as a hook-up site, thanks to it’s geo-location feature and scant profile details. After all, users only upload a few photos and a very brief profile, then connect through swipes on their phones. But like any popular technology, this one has gone mainstream, and I increasingly hear quality people – both men and women – say they rely on Tinder for dating people with serious relationship potential. This is the fastest-growing dating site, and also tends to skew young.
eHarmony This site has been around for years, and the focus is on long-term, serious, committed relationships. The gist is that both users answer extensive lists of questions, which then scientifically connect you with really strong potential matches. This isn’t a platform for casual hookups!
HowAboutWe This is a cute site where users fill out basic profiles, upload a few pics, then suggest a date. “Let’s get to know each other at a wine bar, then stroll around the Village,” or “Take a salsa dancing class together!” or “Watch the Yankees while eating wings and a microbrew.” The upside is that you have a very excellent chance of a fun date, even if you don’t hit the love jackpot.
PlentyofFish POF is is a solid, straight-forward dating site. It seems to work great for single moms. POF reports that 44% of its female users are single moms, and that single moms find matches 10% faster than other users. It’s also free, which can’t hurt!
ChristianCafe All the sites allow you to search by religion, but a few dating sites specifically focus on different faiths. ChristianCafe caters to people seeking fellow Christians.
Happn This one is very new. Happn competes with Tinder and focuses on GPS tracking to connect you with people who you have crossed paths with IRL, showing you a map of where you have been in the same coffee shop, bar, grocery store or AYSO soccer field.
Zoosk This dating platform began as a Facebook app, but has grown rapidly on an international scale (ooh, la la!) with the Millennial crowd. Users can boost their profiles in search results with a paid version of the platform, but signing up is totally free.
Bumble One of the newer dating platforms on the scene, Bumble boasts the slogan, “We’re not just for dating anymore” — but everyone knows that’s the best part of the app. Unique to other dating sites, on Bumble, only women can make the first move. Pretty awesome if you’re looking for a relationship on a level playing field (and who isn’t?)!
Love Again This single mom dating site is geared towards the 40-and-up crowd. And, as its name implies, many of the potential matches are looking for a fresh start in love, having been divorced themselves in many cases.
Which dating apps for single moms have YOU tried? Comment below and give it a review!