Ask The League: I’m open to dating someone who has kids. Should I write that in my bio?

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Q&A Kids & Preference

Absolutely! Your League profile is basically a digital ad, and anything that makes you stand out from the competition gives your “ad” an edge—a unique selling point. End your “About Me” section with something like, “I like kids and am open to dating a single [mom or dad].” Odds are, you’ll start to rack up more matches because you appeal to parents without turning off singles who have no kids. All upside, no downside.  

Alternative Question: I don’t want kids. Should I put that in my “About Me” section?  

Here’s a rule of thumb for bio-writing: Don’t say what you don’t want. We all have dating deal-breakers, but spotlighting them on your bio can make you sound negative, which is a big turn-off. A better strategy is to use your “About Me” section to convey what makes you a great catch. Plus, you can add your preferences to the Family section of your Profile. Single parents or those who want a family will take the time to look there if need be. 

Connell Barrett is a dating coach with The League, founder of Dating Transformation, and author of the forthcoming book, Dating Sucks But You Don’t: The Modern Guy’s Guide to Total Confidence, Romantic Connection, and Finding the Perfect Partner.

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