I’ve been on a somewhat self-imposed dating ban lately. That’s what happens when you break your arm. But I’ve enjoyed the break if I’m honest (the dating one, not the arm one), it gives you time to gain a little perspective and really solidify what you’re looking for in a partner. Because there’s one thing I know, especially the more I watch Love Island, and that’s dating as an older single parent is a lot tougher than dating as a child-free hot 20-something.

 

(Also don’t judge me on the Love Island thing … I do know it’s ridiculous.)

 

As you know, I’ve tried a lot of dating sites and apps but one I haven’t tried before is Match, so I was delighted that they got in touch recently to see if I’d like to try it out and talk about a new babysitting service they’re offering, through childcare provider Yoopies. I know first-hand how tough it is dating when you’re newly single, and your kids are young. It’s hard leaving them, and I only ever did when I knew my children were really taken care of. It’s really important to be able to relax on a first date, and you can’t do that if you’re worried about the kids.

 

 

Any new member or existing Match member will be able to get a date night free with three free hours of babysitting, plus the usual membership fee to Yoopies waived. The offer will be available throughout the whole of the summer, so if you’re thinking about getting back ‘out there’ but maybe babysitting fees are an issue, or you just don’t know where to start when it comes to looking for a babysitter, perhaps this could be a good place to begin.  This offer really makes it feel like Match understands the realities of modern dating and appreciates that single parents face more pressures than most, so this is a definite step in the right direction when it comes to making dating easier for us single parents.

 

I’ve been using Match for two weeks now, and it seems to be the most comprehensive of all apps I’ve tried. I’m a paid member, so I’m able to message people, but even if you’re not a full member, you can ‘wink’ and ‘favourite’ people to show them you’re interested. Although let’s be honest, you’re going to have a much more interesting dating experience if you can actually talk to people!

 

 

The app is particularly user friendly and you won’t need to research how to use it, it’s really simple. I haven’t (yet) found anyone that floats my boat, but I think sub-consciously, I’m a bit nervous about going on a date when I’ve only just stopped wearing my arm brace. I’m in protect mode and now I don’t even look injured, I think maybe I’m concerned about whether to mention it, because I feel it’s only ever put people off in the past. So I think what I’ll do is, maybe in a week or two’s time, I’ll start being proactive and message people I like the look of. What’s the worst that can happen? Someone will either say no thanks, or just ignore you – it’s really no big deal.

 

I’m lucky that I’m finally, this year, at the stage of dating where I don’t have to worry about babysitting for Dexter because he’s 14, but there were many years when I did, and it’s really nice to think that a dating site actually understands how difficult it is for us parents, and they’re trying to do something to make the process easier for us.

 

 

I may report back in a few weeks’ time to let you know how I’m getting on, but in the meantime, if you haven’t tried Match before, take a look and let me know what you think.

 

We could even double date.kate sutton

 

For more information visit: https://uk.match.com/pages/free-babysitting-for-a-date/

Match is  currently are offering 3 free babysitting hours via a service called Yoopies. Any new or existing Match member will be able to get a date night free with three free hours of babysitting, plus the usual membership fee to Yoopies waived. The Yoopies premium membership is valid for 2 months after being credited on the account.

* This post is in collaboration with Match.

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