Kids Play the Matchmaker for Parents?
If you loved The Parent Trap as much as we did (and let’s face it, who didn’t?) then you may not be against the idea of kids scheming to get their parents married. Well, now there’s an open platform for it. MyLovelyParent.com is a UK site for single parents where the children of the singles can set up their parents’ profile and even conduct initial searches.
The site was started by two adult brothers who wanted to find a companion for their 69 year old mother. Despite the expectation that primarily the site will be used by adults helping out older parents, any child over the age of five can sign up a parent. There are a few options. Either kids can browse profiles and send recommendations to their parents or actually set up the first date.
This is just one of a number of online dating sites that offer unconventional methods, including a similar one that lets people set up their friends. For many people who are still hesitant about online dating, especially if they are re-entering the dating world after being widowed or divorced, it can be helpful to have someone else doing the legwork. And who would know you better than the kids you raised?
There’s an added bonus for parents who worry about how their dating life could affect their children, of any age. This method lets the younger generation be invested in their parents’ love-life and makes sure that they are ok with the people their parents are dating, or at least are willing to give them a fair chance. It also seems safe to assume that the members of this site will be a self-selecting group of people who take family seriously and have good relationships with their kids. They will be people who can understand and are happy to share the joys and complexities of having children.
The more I think about it, the better an idea this sounds to me. But that depends on your dating style. Who do you let get involved in your dating life?