Earlier this year, Sandra Bullock made headlines for her first Oscar win for the box office hit, ‘The Blind Side’ but unfortunately this announcement was short-lived when her soon-to-be ex-husband, Jesse James (Monster Garage) overpowered her success with the secret that he had been having an affair with a tattoo covered model, Michelle McGee.
Sandra graces the covers again this week with the world exclusive news that she has adopted a son, Louis who was born in New Orleans 3 1/2 months ago. This report comes in just hours after the announcement that she filed for divorce from James. What an incredible public relations strategy and great way to bring Sandra back into the spotlight. She’ll now join the 13.7 million single parents in the United States.
If you’re a single mother or father, like Bullock, dating may be the furthest thing from your mind. However, there will come a time when you’ll want to get back out there and meet someone new. Following are some tips to help you succeed:
In the Beginning: Being a single parent can be tough. You need to get settled both mentally and physically before you can think about dating again. Remember, you’ll be tackling more responsibilities between work, school, daycare, and extra-curricular activities. Right now, it’s your children who need you the most.
When Things Have Settled: Once you feel confident and in a routine with your life and children, then and only then should you consider meeting someone new. There are many options for single parents looking to meet their soulmates including introductions through friends, family, at your child’s school or online. Feel free to dabble for a while before you settle on one person.
Time for Romance: Months, even a year has passed and you’ve made the decision to settle down again. Give up that “list” you may be carrying around in your head detailing all of the things you’re looking for in a perfect partner. Instead, enjoy the process. Go out and date several people you’d normally overlook. It’s time for you to try something new.
Dating as a single parent can be hard to juggle but when the timing is right it will happen naturally. If you’d like more tips check out my article, Step Up to the Plate and Get Your Game on Again.
For more information on Bullock, the adoption and divorce, pick up the new issue of People magazine on newsstands Friday.