Dating a mother
On top of doing everything in the home, they have to shuffle everywhere. Remember when your mom always had those awesome snacks, like pizza rolls, Fruit Roll-Ups and other assorted goodies?
It's no different with single moms because they have the same goodies stocked at the ready.
As single mom Kasey Ferris explains, she's probably dealt with far worse. "We do everything, and I mean everything," she says.
"Have you ever taken a kiddo to the mall and had them spill an entire Slurpee all over themselves then pitch a major earth-shattering meltdown with four people ahead of you in line at the register? "We bring home the bacon, we fry it up in the pan, we clean the pan...hell, we bought the pan.
If you say you need some space or time to yourself, she'll respect it.
"We're used to being on our own and aren't afraid of it," says single mom Dina Strada.
Liking her kids isn't the same as raising her kids. Be ready for rapid-fire spontaneity or an ironclad calendar. There is nothing more beautiful than a joyful child.
You might have some really great ideas about how you think she could do things, and you might have some strong ideas about how children should behave. You're at the mercy of custody agreements, parent-teacher conferences, skinned knees, stuffy noses, and — buy her wine for this one — lice. Throw everything you know about Sunday Funday out the window.
Here are eight rules that I think will lead you in the right direction.
"When you're balancing work, kids and a social life, you value your alone time as a single mom and are pretty damn independent because you have to be.
You can rest assured I'm going to continue to have my own life and will be perfectly OK with you having yours." Any single parent will tell you: Raising a kid on your own is the ultimate primer on how to love unconditionally.
Why is it that in any relationship, there's always that one unnerving deal breaker?
It doesn't matter how serendipitous your initial meeting was or how great of chemistry you two have… And when it does, you have to ask yourself: Do you settle, or do you break things off?