What to Do When Your Date Remains Active Online

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After hitting it off on a few stellar dates, you’re finding yourself smitten by your new date. You’re compatible, attracted, and ready to invest in what it means to go deep together. Approaching that conversation about exclusivity isn’t always easy, as that topic of “what are we?” has a way of inducing an intense case of ...

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Why Boundaries and Agreements are so Important

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To create a relationship that may blossom into long lasting partnership, boundaries must be identified and reinforced from the very beginning. As soon as you connect with someone online and progress towards meeting and officially dating, remain aware of personal boundaries.

A boundary is really an agreement with yourself or your partner about types of behavior ...

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Criteria For a Healthy Relationship

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Our future relationships may be served by our past loverships when they are remembered as a means to helping us grow as individuals. We may return to our past relationships in memory to instill gratitude for the lessons that have helped us learn more about who we are, to identify what we will accept in future relationships, and to realize what we will not accept. Once these inspiring points are recognized and replace pain-based perspectives of past relationships, we become ...

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Are You Ready For a Relationship?

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Before you jump online and start filling out a dating profile and joyfully browsing the singles in your area, it would be wise to take a moment to assess your readiness to enter into the world of dating. It is not uncommon for people to jump blindfolded into a relationship they are not truly ready for, nor is it uncommon for people to connect with someone who is not currently capable of offering all that a relationship requires. In both ...

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Success! Communicating That You’re Done Dating Online

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Congratulations to you! You’ve met someone and are no longer interested in pursuing other relationships. You’ve joined the millions of happy couples who’ve found love through online dating. Now if you want to keep it way, there are a few housekeeping items to check off of your list and some of them may be a teensy weensy bit painful.

If you haven’t already, it’s time to take down your online dating profile and/or cancel your account. ...

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Signs You’ve Found Someone to Date Exclusively

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It’s a big move to make your online dating profile inactive or cancel your account. And hopefully, it’s a task that comes with great joy, knowing that you’ve met someone who really clicks, so much so that you have no interest in continuing your search for the right person. You may have found him/her! The best-case scenario is when you are able to cancel your account with absolute certainty that you have found the one or at ...

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Being Open Versus Being Miserable

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In my online dating guide one of the things I emphasize is being open to different qualities people may have. I recommend this because people get a bit odd with online dating. That may sound rude, so let me explain.

When we meet people in the “real” world, often we have no idea when our next opportunity to date someone may come. As long as some key things line up, we’re happy to give the ...

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Unique Challenges to Online Dating as a Single Parent

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Online dating can be challenging at the best of times, but single parents encounter a unique set of extra obstacles. Thankfully, there are smart ways to combat each potential setback, increasing your chances of finding a good match.

1. Time

Life can get hectic as you juggle your parental responsibilities and try to squeeze a few hours of socializing into the week. Meanwhile, it also takes time to set up a good online dating profile, browse ...

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Letting Go of Expectation

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Everyone to be found on an online dating interface is registered precisely because they are on a search. We sign up to have access to these databases of singles because we are looking for something to satisfy our wanting, and not everyone has the same goal in mind. While browsing the profiles of potentials, one is quick to notice that people desire everything from a serious relationship to casual dating, a hook up or simple companionship to roll with in ...

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When Someone You Want to Date Repeatedly Loses Interest

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Many of us have been in this situation: you start to talk with someone and may even begin to date, but then they disappear. No more calls or texts and no explanation on where they went. Then out of the blue, they contact you again as if everything is fine and the cycle repeats itself.

I’ve seen people give up all other opportunities just to repeatedly wait on someone who isn’t fully committing and I want to talk about that here.

Are ...

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Level Setting in Online Dating after You’ve Been Cheated On

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I have quite a few conversations with my readers on the topic of commitment, often around the issue of people not taking their profile down as you enter a committed relationship.

While emailing with one reader this week, I was reminded of something my wife did that was very helpful early in our relationship. I’m hoping passing along her approach will be helpful to others who are now considering entering a relationship after having been cheated on.

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Online Dating and Getting to an Exclusive Relationship

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I get quite a few emails from people struggling to handle the situation where the person they’re dating is still active online. I hear from more women on this topic and some of those women don’t always understand my position: that if they’re not in an “exclusive” relationship, I don’t think the man is doing anything wrong.

I’ve talked about getting to exclusive already in my article on His Profile is Still Active: Is He Interested or Not? However, I ...

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