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Examples include: "Try to avoid cliches like 'I love to relax on the sofa with a good bottle of wine and a DVD' - everyone likes that!
It's always useful to get the perspective of the opposite sex (if that's who you're looking to attract) too. Forty-something bookworm who loves crossword puzzles and hates beaches?
Plenty of others in the online dating pool have kids too; not everyone sees it as a negative by any means (and, unless you're just up for some no-strings fun, what's the point in hooking up with someone who's going to run a mile when they realise you have children? Some people see giving honest info about kids as a way of filtering out unsuitables: "Older men will be less bothered about kids as they may already have some, or be more realistic about partners having histories." Others recommend saving the info for the first date: "Save the info for further down the line (eg on the date itself); it's too easy for people to dismiss single mums on the basis of young children via a profile." Whatever you decide, if you do include mention of your children in your profile, never, EVER give out any identifying information about them until you're sure the person you're speaking to is completely trustworthy.
"Online dating is just a way to meet people, it's not Ocado." If they've put any thought into their profile, you should be able to get a feel for what they're like from there.
On the bright side, you might find that while people in the same age group as you aren't that plentiful, there's a greater probability that they're going to be proper grown-ups who don't want to play games; lots of them will have children of their own, and many will have had at least one long-term relationship.
"I'm 48, I can see through the bullshit that blinded me when I was younger, and I'm definitely calling the shots." Hard data shows that men tend to reach out to women who are younger than they are, so it's understandable that some women are tempted to lie about their age.
I felt like it put me back in control a bit." Don't give away information that will allow people to find you in real life or on Google.