A dating site for single Mums and Dads is a great idea; eliminating all those awkward conversations about whether a sexy new date likes kids, or having to discuss your ex! But - does it work? Let's find out.
Single Parent Dates Club is precisely what you want if you're a parent doing the job of two and looking for a bit of romance and excitement in your life. Gone are the concerns and awkwardness of joining mainstream dating, and it feels more natural and comfortable to answer questions about your kids - I always find this a bit odd when you're signing up to a dating website. Still, here it feels like a reasonable question! In terms of membership, you get access to all of the site on a free membership, but can't send direct messages - apart from a freebie when you're new. That said, you can run searches, check out who is nearby and have a browse before you decide whether the subscription cost is worth it to you.
In terms of value for money, Single Parent Dates Club is reasonable and for the services on offer is on the lower end of the cost spectrum. The website has a few games, which are fun and a way to match with more people, and works just as well on your mobile if you're into flirting on the go!
“Good value, straightforward dating site for single parents. Part of the club? Jump right in!”
Signing up is as easy as you'd like it to be; there are a couple of questions you have to answer (something about yourself, and a headline for your profile) but if you feel put on the spot you can always revisit these later and replace it with something a bit wittier!
The platform layout is intuitive and simple, with a clean white background and a social media-esque news feed which makes it easy to scroll through, without being bombarded with pop up ads, blinding bright colours or busy landing pages that give you a headache.
When you've joined, you have the choice of signing up for a subscription or taking your time to look through the site. You can view profiles, browse and run searches for free, so there's plenty of functionality up for grabs! However, as a 'classic' member (i.e. free) you can't contact members, or have restrictions on who you can contact depending on what sort of account that person has, so are limited to looking.
If you want to make changes to your profile, it's simple to click on your profile and make changes - you can add photos, change your location, amend your details, or add in extra information about what you're looking for. Searches are equally straightforward; you can search by:
Single Parent Dates Club does exactly what it says on the tin; it connects you with other single men and women who have children as well. For me, that takes a lot of the stress out of dating as a Mum - and it feels more relaxed because you know it's a non-issue with any of the singles on the site.
I was impressed with the accessibility of the pages even on a free login, and think this gives the site a lot of integrity since there is no pressure to sign up before you've had a look around. There seems to be a good volume of users, and I found a few pages of people near me, although I suspect there would be far more if I'd taken the plunge and paid for an upgrade!
The Meet Me game works like one of those swiping apps, and if you don't have a pre-set idea of what qualities you're looking for in a date, is a fun way to pass some time, and get to check out the singles in your area! I like the articles section and felt this added value to the membership, with all sorts of advice, FAQs and info to help novice online daters understand how it all works, and make sure their profile gets as much attention as possible.
Profiles offer you enough space to introduce yourself but are limited, so it's best to make the best use of each section so you can reach more compatible matches. What is slightly annoying is that around half of the users seem to have missed out a profile photo, which I think makes it impossible to know whether you'd be suited to each other!
Single Parent Dates Club offers a UK customer support team, and has a good help section where you can find the answers to pretty much any question you'd like to ask! However, if you're still stuck, you can raise a support ticket, so it feels like a well managed and supported site. If you do come across someone who floats your boat, you're going to need to subscribe; but the 12-month subscription costs 29p per day, so isn't a vast extravagance in exchange for the potential of a date.
All in all, the site is easy to use, simple to register with and has all the functions and features you need to take the next step forward in your love life.
And if you're a single parent, you'll be grateful that Single Parent Dates Club doesn't make it any more complicated than that.
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