At Stir, we’re all about when it’s mutual.
As a single parent, navigating the dating world can be challenging. But with the right mindset and approach, you can find meaningful connections while still prioritizing your safety and needs.
What is consent?
When someone freely communicates agreement or permission for something to happen, that’s consent. It’s all about recognizing and respecting boundaries: And only moving past them when both of you are on the same page.
As a general rule of thumb, “yes” means “yes”: So if you don’t get spoken consent, you don’t have consent at all.
What consent means, for them and you:
- Be your own compass.
Guide your dating journey based on your intuition. Communicate your likes and dislikes with confidence. As you explore online dating, take time to reflect and define the boundaries that work best for your and your family.
- Trust your intuition.
There’s no pleasure in people-pleasing — especially when it comes to self-expression. So be real and only say yes to experiences you’re 100% sure of. The right type of person will respect your decisiveness and openness.
- Respect (and reflect) boundaries.
Every family has their own values, so don’t be shy about sharing what yours are and how you reinforce them. Your personal boundaries matter, too. Make sure to share boundaries that prioritize your own comfort as you explore connecting with other single parents.
- Lean on us.
At Stir, we’re constantly working to keep you safe. Report anything that makes you uncomfortable — we’ll handle the rest.