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hi im a single mom separated from a guy for 7yrs now .i have been in custody of my kids since birth and the guy doesnt do anytin for them,im planning

hi im a single mom separated from a guy for 7yrs now .i have been in custody of my kids since birth and the guy doesnt do anytin for them,im planning on getting a divorce legally but i will want to start dating now since after so many yrs of staying alone and i will need help on how and where to find guys and start.i do really want to date and feel love again and also see if my kids will be able to bond with anoda man in their lives since they hadly know their dad  
In Topics: Single parent families, Divorce Issues
> 60 days ago

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ShirleyCressDudley
Mar 24, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

I'm glad you are thinking about yourself again- that's a healthy sign. It is important, though, to work through a legal divorce.

Take care of yourself- get a haircut, maybe a new outfit, and stay in shape. Exercise will help you feel good about yourself, and also look good.

There are many places to meet new people:  church/synagogues, work, clubs (like hiking clubs, and meetup/dining out clubs) along with social dancing lessons, and getting involved in your hobbies.

Do what you enjoy, and you will find someone who also enjoys those things.  Online websites, such as Match.com are also helpful, but follow tips such as:
-don't give out your last name until you get to know the person
-meet in a lighted place
-Meet for a short time- for the first visit
You can read other tips by Googling, "Dating online"

Don't forget to work on the legal separation and divorce. When the time comes and you meet your "Mr. Right" you want to make sure you're available.

Kindest Regards,

Shirley Cress Dudley, MA LPC NCC
Founder of The Blended and Step Family Resource Center
Best Selling author of the book, Blended Family Advice

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