Dating, in general, can be frightening and seem like a lot at times, and this is especially true if you’re a single mom caring for your children. Thankfully, there are numerous websites where you can meet possible companions without having to leave your house or 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
Two of the more serious dating sites are eHarmony and Match.com. People join these sites primarily to locate a long-term relationship, so you can be confident you’re selecting from a pool of serious daters. eHarmony matches people based on their compatibility, so you don’t have to waste time swiping through photographs and profiles. The basic plan costs $20 to $60 per month, while the enhanced plan costs $24 to $44 per month.
2. Best for those who *do* want to swipe through endless profiles: Match.com
Match.com is the world’s largest online dating service, so having an account here gives you access to a large pool of potential partners. Match.com offers a free membership option (there aren’t many free sites out there), or you may upgrade to their premium plan for $24 to $32 per 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 to $20 a month) and Premium A-List ($25 to $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 your 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 to $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 only interested in dating other single parents, SingleParentMeet helps you narrow down your dating options. If you meet someone on this site, you’ll almost certainly find you have a lot in common right away. The disadvantage is that it starts at $7.64 per month, and you must pay to access any part of the site or view any profiles or matches.
6. Best for those who want to find love fast: Plenty of Fish
While Plenty of Fish isn’t expressly designed for single parents, single moms find love 10 percent faster than the average PoF user. Isn’t it cool? On PoF, you can register a free account or upgrade for $6 to $10 per month (you save if you agree to a 12-month commitment, like a gym membership). Not only that, but upgrading does not entail simply paying the money and receiving the benefits—you must first pass a 25-question test designed to assess your interpersonal abilities.