The Rules of Online Dating for Single Moms

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Are you a single mom and ready to mingle? The thought of the bar scene could be intimidating, and the pickings at the PTA meeting are slim. Dipping a toe in the dating pool could be a little easier if you start online. Online dating has exploded in popularity in recent years. More than 40 million people in the U.S. alone report using online dating sites, and more than 20 percent of Americans who report being in a serious relationship have met their partners online. Sites like eHarmony and boast 35 million members. Many people believe that online dating is the future of relationships, and for good reason - 17 percent of marriages in 2011 resulted from the use of dating Web sites. Before you log on, check out the dos and don'ts of online dating.

DO remember that your child is your first priority. Spending hours online in chat rooms or with your phone glued to your hand diminishes the quality of time you spend together and can create feelings of neglect and distrust in your child. If this is a man you truly want to spend time with, he will understand.