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Navigating the dating world as a single parent is difficult, so move at your own pace, says parenting coach Nozipho Mbatha.

Relebogile Mabotja speaks to parenting coach Nozipho Mbatha about the dynamics of dating as a single parent.

Dating as a single parent is more common than one would think.

About 46% of children live with a single parent, be it a mother or father, according to Statistics South Africa.

Your children are the ones you are responsible for raising… always prioritise your relationship with them and your role as a parent.

Nozipho Mbatha, parenting coach

Accept your reality and role as a single parent, which includes not comparing the way you date to that of your friends.

Parents, mothers, in particular, set boundaries and often take the approach of a ‘package deal’, adds Mbatha.

These boundaries can include when a partner gets to meet the child, their involvement in the child’s life, or even matters around discipline.

Those boundaries are extremely important because you don’t know a person, their personality, and traits that well after just a couple of dates… You need to decide when the right time is to introduce your children, and even then, take your time.

Nozipho Mbatha, parenting coach

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