Getting back into dating as a single dad can certainly be daunting, but there are many ways to make it all a bit easier.
If you’re looking to put yourself out there more without the extra frills of trying to meet people offline, then joining a dating site is a great alternative. Online dating allows you more of your own time back and gives you better chances at making quality connections.
Many men struggle, though, with having to set up their profile. Having to find or take good photos, crafting an entire mini biography about yourself, choosing a username, a tagline, a closing line, etc…
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Now, let’s get into some general rules for creating a dating profile as a single dad.
Start with photos
You don’t have to spend a weekend modeling in front of your phone to fill in your profile photos, but you should select ones that serve a purpose.
When choosing the pictures to add to your dating profile, you should be picking the photos that send the right message. For instance, selfies may seem like you’re looking to date casually, while high-resolution portrait photos say you are more serious. And adding one or two full-body photos shows matches that you are confident with yourself.
You may also wonder if you should add photos with your child(ren), but this is not necessary. When you find good matches, there will be plenty of time to share photos, so until then, you don’t have to put your kids in the spotlight.
Create your bio
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a great wordsmith to fill in your bio, as long as you know what information to add, it will work.
To begin crafting your bio, start by singling out the hobbies, interests, and routines that make up your life. These are the kinds of facts your potential matches are going to want to read and the kinds of additions that will pique their interest.
And while your bio should definitely mention that you are a dad, it doesn’t have to be only about that. Sure, being a dad is full-time, but there is a lot more to you as well.
It is important to let your bio capture you specifically, so your matches can start to build a connection and want to find out more.
Add your personality
Finish off your profile by adding in all of the things you enjoy in life, and that make you interesting.
Letting your personality shine through in your profile is a great way to attract the matches that matter. This can be done by including action shots of you doing something you love or by sprinkling some of your humor into your bio.
Your matches are going to try to get a sense of who you are from your profile before ever speaking with you, so make sure your personality is being showcased!
We know this all sounds easy on paper but not so easy on profile…
To give you an idea of how these tips can be used when creating a profile, see the below example profile of a single dad that shows off his personality while also being upfront about having children.
Chris, 32 Username: christoflirt
20 miles away
I love staying active and keeping busy, so if you can keep up with the pace, we can have some fun!
I am a physical therapist, a part-time little league coach, and a full-time dad of two amazing boys.
I enjoy watching sports, but I’d always rather be playing. I am pitcher for a local baseball team and coach for my son’s little league. If I get to be outside and get active, I am happy.
I’m not all boring though; I do enjoy cooking as well and try to make a new recipe once a week, every Sunday. I love a good slow cooker meal but I’d rather be making something more hands on.
In reality, though, I’m just a big goofball and a softie. I like to joke around and have fun, but I also like being romantic and getting to dote on those I love.
So, if you still find me interesting, I’d like to get to know you!
*Bonus points if you send me a dad joke!
Make it simple
Profile examples like these are a great place to start when attempting to create your own, but they can never quite help you capture your true personality.
It can be so difficult, especially as a single dad, to find the time to make a profile that can actually succeed on a dating site. It seems like it should be enough just to fill in the blanks, but if done incorrectly, you’re left with bad dates and feeling completely discouraged.
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