Finding the right type.
Being single can be lonely. It is often tempting to do whatever is necessary to make the loneliness go away. Some single parents compromise what they want in a relationship so that they can have a partner. Many single parents even find themselves living with a partner whom they do not think would make a good husband or wife. Others find themselves giving in to pressures for sex so that their partner will stay around. Unfortunately, relationships built on this type of "bought love" are damaging to the children and the adults involved. Instead of compromising, the best route to take for both the children and the parents is to wait. Wait for a partner who is not just looking for a place to live or to get sexual satisfaction. Wait for a partner who is interested in putting forward the work necessary to make a relationship work in the long run.