You hope she will ask for your number because you’d really like to hang out again. This time around, Darlington will use the app she and partner Beth Bryan created, Mom Co — which launched in the San Diego area in February — to find compatible mom friends.
But as the years have gone on — Darlington’s son is now 7— many of those friends have moved away. I feel like I am starting over,” Darlington, 34, told TODAY Parents.
Darlington said her own experience using dating apps such as Tinder inspired her to create Mom Co.
Welcome to a new type of dating scenario, where everyone is looking for The One with total package potential: Kids the same age! Mom Co combines geolocating technology with profile matching so that moms can interact via messaging, arrange playdates, and find out about local community events and kid-related services.
— and speed dating events are aimed at connecting moms, perhaps replacing old-school methods such as stalking other moms at the park, signing up for Mommy and Me classes and hoping for “playdate chemistry.” Jillian Darlington's son was two when her marriage fell apart, and she credits her network of moms with being her main support system.
“I downloaded Tinder and saw the geo location factor and I thought, ‘Moms need this more than dating people do.’ We’ve always known making friends as an adult is harder,” she said.
It felt terribly uncomfortable choosing possible future friends based on their looks. Communication with me – which had been responsive and timely for 10 days – ceased 30 minutes prior to our organised meet-up.