Relationship advice dating a single mother

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Before you start dating a single mom or explore taking this relationship to the next level, set the stage for success with these essential tips.

That doesn't mean a relationship with a single mom or dad can't be amazing, and that you can't enjoy it, but dating someone with kids is completely different than dating someone without kids.

People who date single parents often find these relationships frustrating and challenging when it comes to making plans.

To remedy my fears, I turned to seasoned dating coaches, Julianne Cantarella, MSW, and Elisabeth Lamotte, a licensed psychotherapist and relationship expert, to figure out the biggest dating mistakes single moms make (and the smart moves that should replace them). "It's not only the woman who can be hurt if the relationship ends, but the children as well." A savvy single mom should wait as long as possible before introducing her kids to the potential boyfriend and never make the intro around the holidays, the experts advise."Women should gain a sense of her boyfriend's interaction based on how he treats her and possibly his own children if he has them," says Cantarella, who suggests erring on the side of caution.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.The gal that you're interested in dating is a single mom. You're drawn to her because she is very mature and independent (and beautiful, no doubt)—you like that.For me, the word triggers memories of blown money, awkward silences, over-analyzed text messages, and just straight-up awkwardness.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.

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