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Single parent dating: find love that fits your lifestyle

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At EliteSingles we have many diverse members from all around New Zealand. That said, many of our members are aged between 30 and 55: resulting in many single parents dating and looking for love on our site. If you want to meet other Kiwi parents in your situation, then EliteSingles is right for you. Join us today!

Single parents, dating and ‘typical’ families

Popular culture still gets a lot of mileage out happily-ever-after fairytales: couple meets, marries, has babies – roll credits.1 Of course, the truth is that there are many paths to true love, from those that settle down right away to those who find love later in life. This diversity means there is no ‘normal’ when it comes to family life: instead there are a raft of different ways to live happily ever after.

Single parent dating in New Zealand

In New Zealand this is particularly true – we come from a country where the traditional nuclear family is officially no longer a majority and where a quarter of Kiwi kids are growing up in single-parent households.2 If you are one of these single parents, it can be comforting to know that you are not alone, that you are part of a growing New Zealand demographic.3 If you are a single parent and dating, it is extra comforting to know that this means there are others out there who can understand your situation. Whether they are single parents themselves or just happy to be seeing someone with children, the changing demographics mean that dating for parents in New Zealand is more popular now than it has ever been.

EliteSingles: a dating website that offers more

Yet, it can still be tricky to be a romantically-minded single parent. Dating can involve a significant commitment – not so easy when you are also juggling a schedule of school runs, sports practices, music recitals and visitations with the ex, not to mention your own work and social activities. As a result, it is imperative that the dates you go on as a single parent be worth your precious time.

The good news is you can find such dates on EliteSingles. When you join our site, you tell us about what you are looking for in a partner and we help you find someone who fits the bill. To achieve this we take your personality into account, along with your relationship goals and your location in New Zealand; a three-step process that we believe gives you the best chance of finding someone wonderful. If you are looking for love that is both truly like-minded and truly in harmony with your single parent lifestyle then you are in the right place.

Expert advice on dating for parents

In real life, unlike the movies, the credits don’t start rolling once you have found someone special and begun dating. For parents in particular, this is merely the start of a whole new family adventure – and it can help to have a few guidelines. To that end, EliteSingles talked to expert Relationships Coach Sam Owen, to find out the top three rules of single parent dating.


1 TV Tropes: Babies Ever After. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BabiesEverAfter
2 Bronwyn Torrie, writing for Stuff. One child in four in single-parent home.
3 Simon Collins, writing for the New Zealand Herald. Mum, Dad and kids no longer typical household.
4 EliteSingles interview with Relationships Coach Sam Owen, August 2014.
5 As above.

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