Rules for dating single mothers

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The female race is an elusive and intimidating breed. In fact, I would venture to say that there are times when even they don't know what they’re thinking, so you have GOT to be on your toes. Once you think you've got them figured out, you get clocked in the head with their purse, and you have to look for another gal to date.

Now that you've got some fond (or not-so-fond) memories of dating bouncing around in your head, I'm going to throw another element into the mix that will make the dating game a little more advanced.

So, I've scoured the interwebs for tips that should help when dating a single mom.

Here are eight rules that I think will lead you in the right direction.

But, then again, I only heard that through the grapevine, so I may be wrong. Maybe sushi, but this definitely comes in as a close second.

Rule #3: Do NOT Bring Up Her Ex That's none of your business … Sure, if you get into a more serious relationship with her, her ex will more than likely be brought up, but for the time being, get to know her—not why she is a single mom. Rule #4: Man Up and Be a Gentleman She may or may not have been emotionally broken in the past—you don't really know. Don't you dare split the check with her on the first date!

Rule #1: Don't Treat Dating Like It's a Sprint—It's More Like a Half Marathon Guys, you have got to take it slow.

Despite everything being instant these days (texting, canned sandwiches, high-speed internet, get-rich-quick schemes), you have to give the relationship time to blossom, and it's not going to happen overnight. You're a great guy, so don't blow it by proposing to the gal on the second date.

A single mom is responsible for providing for her children's emotional, financial, and social support in addition to her own. Be someone who is willing to put aside everything that you are doing so that you can be excited or sad or angry or hopeful with the woman that is needing that support. Her Kids are Priority Number One If she says she's too busy with her kids to go out with you over the weekend, she probably really is busy with her kids.

Rule #7: Don’t Be Pushy in Getting to Meet Her Kids I'm quite sure that you're going to have to have a connection with the kids in order to have a successful relationship with a single mom, but you've got to let the relationship with her kids happen when it happens.

When she feels comfortable with you, and she trusts you enough, you'll get to meet her kids, but you've got to take it slow.

Kids are a huge responsibility when two people are sharing the responsibilities, but now that she's taking care of the kids by herself, she's definitely going to have her hands full.

Be patient and realize that although you may be an important part in her life, those kiddos are at the top of her list.

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