The Do’s and Don’ts of Dating as a Single Mom

Let’s face it ladies, dating as a single mom is as extinct to some of us as dinosaurs.  It has been so long since we have been on a date that many of us have no clue as to how the entire dating process even works, now that we are single moms.

Many of you have asked:

  • Do I allow him to pick me up from home?
  • Do I introduce him to my kids?
  • What do I talk about?
  • How do I take time to date?

single mom and child

There are so many questions around dating as a single mom that it can be just as frustrating as trying to help your child with their “new math” homework. Never fear ladies, I have the answers to all of your questions plus some additional ones that you probably never even thought about.

When you have finally met someone who you feel is worthy enough to actually get back on the horse again with and go out on a date, there are a couple of things that you want to do on your date and others that you should avoid doing while dating as a single mom.

Don’t Feel Guilty

As a single mom, we give ourselves to our children 110% and we always put our own needs to the side for those of our children but we deserve to have happiness in our lives, as well.

Don’t feel guilty about your desire to want a life outside of running noses, soccer practices, teacher’s conferences and trying to figure out how to juggle it all by yourself. You deserve to spend some time away from your children and in the company of someone from the opposite sex because let’s be honest, you were a woman before you became a mother and the desires that come with being a woman don’t go away just because you are now, a single mom.

Meet Him at Your Destination

On the first date, met him at the restaurant, coffee shop or whatever location you will be going to.  Don’t allow him to pick you up at your home.

I know many of you may be old school and would like a man to pick you up at your front door.  That may have been great years ago or when you have been dating for a while but initially, I think it is better to meet him.

There are several reasons why you should not allow your date to pick you up:

  • If you met him through an online dating site, you definitely want to meet him in a public place.  Every man doesn’t need to know your address.
  • If the date isn’t going well, you are able to leave when you are ready and not have to sit through an uncomfortable ride home.
  • If the sitter calls or if there is trouble with the kids, you can drive yourself home. There’s nothing worse than being in the car with someone else driving who doesn’t have the same sense of urgency as you do.

Don’t Allow Him to Meet Your Kids

If you still insist on having your date pick you at home, don’t allow him to meet your kids.  Why introduce your child to someone who may not be in your life tomorrow?  Remember, it’s a date not a relationship.   No need to get your child acquainted with someone who you don’t really know and who you may possibly have to answer questions from your children about later.

For me, as a single mom of a 10 year old son whose father is not involved in his life, I am very careful not to introduce my son to anyone who I am not serious about because I don’t want him to be attached to someone who may not be around.  Although, I want to date and meet men, I have to also protect my son’s feelings and factor him into the situation, as well.

Don’t Spend the Entire Date Talking About Your Kids

Yes, we are proud moms and we want to whip out the pictures of our kids and discuss Little Mike’s latest school project but your date doesn’t want to hear all that.  While he understands that you are a single mom, he is trying to get to know YOU and you should be taking advantage of being out, relaxing and enjoying the company of your date.

Give yourself 5 minutes max to discuss your kids, and his kids (if he has any) and move on to other topics.

Single mom on a date

Realize That All Men Are Not Like Your Ex

Sometimes as single moms, we become members of the ‘She-Man Men-Haters Club” without even realizing it.  Just because your ex may be an ass, all men are not.  You agreed to a date with this man because you found something of interest in him, thus, you should give him a chance, otherwise, you will run him off before you really get a chance to know him.

Make Time to Date

I know that your schedule is busy but if you have decided to start dating then you are going to have to pencil it in.  Allow yourself maybe twice a month to go out on a date and if you find someone who you really enjoy spending time with and if your schedule allows it, make yourself available more than just twice a month.

The key is being open and honest with the men that you date and making sure that they understand that as a single mom, you can’t just jump up at the drop of a dime; you have to plan, schedule a sitter or perhaps work around when the kids are with their dad.

With that being said, above all else….

Yourself to Live in the Moment

When you are out on a date, allow yourself to be in the moment. Don’t worry about the kids.  Enjoy yourself and the company of your date. Remember, just because you are a single mom, doesn’t mean that you aren’t allowed to have fun without your kids, every now and then.

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2 thoughts on “The Do’s and Don’ts of Dating as a Single Mom”

  1. Well said, and boy, did I need to this right now! I’m a single mom to a 17 year old and haven’t dated in so long it’s pathetic! This article helps with the guilt and reinforces what my friends have been telling me all along: I’m entitled to a little fun, too! Thanks, Ty!

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