Dating in general can feel intimidating and Just Like a Lot Sometimes, and when you’re a single parent taking care of your kids, that’s even more true. Thankfully there are loads of sites where you can meet potential partners nowadays, all from the comfort of your home and without having to hire a babysitter for a blind date set up by friends.
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Here are some of the best options for dating sites for single parents.
1. Best for those who don’t want to swipe through endless profiles: eHarmony
eHarmony and Match.com are two of the more ~serious~ dating sites. People generally only get on these to actually find a forever partner, so you can be sure you’re picking from a pool of serious daters. eHarmony works by matching users based on compatibility, so you don’t have to do the work of swiping through photos and profiles forever. eHarmony costs $20–$60 a month for the basic plan, and then $24–$44 a month for the upgraded plan.
2. Best for those who *do* want to swipe through endless profiles: Match.com
Match.com boasts the world’s largest online dating service worldwide, so the benefit to being on here is getting access to a huge group of potential matches. Match.com has a free membership option which is great (not a lotta free sites out here, gotta say), or you can upgrade for their premium plan from $24–32 a month.
3. Best for those looking for very in-depth dating profiles: OkCupid
OkCupid’s seemingly never-ending pile of questions you can add to your profile is a bonus when you’re trying to get to know someone over a bunch of pixels. While someone might be able to seem charming via a one-line Tinder profile, it’s way harder to find a personality dud when you can look through a whole-ass OkCupid profile. It’s also free to use with options to upgrade to two tiers: A-List ($10–$20 a month) and Premium A-List ($25–$35 a month.)
4. Best for those who want their partner to be as educated or as rich as they are: EliteSingles
If you’re loaded and or highly educated and looking for a partner also wielding a graduate degree or higher, there’s EliteSingles. If you don’t wanna waste you or your kids’ time by dating someone you don’t think you’re compatible with, Elite Singles might be the perfect site for you. That elitism comes at a steep price though: membership will cost you anywhere from $42–57 a month, according to the site Wealthy Single Mommy (goals).
5. Best for those who only want to meet other single parents: SingleParentMeet
If you’re looking to just date other single parents, SingleParentMeet narrows your potential dating pool down for that specifically. If you meet someone on this site, you can guarantee you already have a lot in common from the get-go. The con: it’s starts at $7.64 a month, and you need to pay to get anywhere on the site or see any profiles or matches.
6. Best for those who want to find love fast: Plenty of Fish
While Plenty of Fish isn’t geared specifically to single parents, single moms in particular tend to find love 10% faster than the average PoF user. Neat, huh? You can create a free account on PoF or upgrade for anywhere from $6-10 a month (you save if you agree to a 12-month commitment, like a gym membership). Not only that, but in order to upgrade, you don’t just pay the money and automatically get the perks — you first have to pass a 25-question test meant to test your relationship skills.
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