Use other means to keep in touch – texting, phone calls and emails and value the time you do get together.If, when and how you meet the kids has to be the decision of the parent.Make sure that you continue to see your date as a man/woman in their own right rather than just as a parent.

When you think of a single mom on the dating scene, visions of a 20-something who can barely balance her own checkbook (guilty) probably don’t come to mind.

But, believe it or not, not all of us single moms are recent divorcées scrolling through silver fox profiles on Match.

Not to mention that in the rare and precious moments I do have to myself, it feels like a major risk to spend that time with someone I might never see again rather than catching up with friends, reading, zoning out to Netflix, or, you know, sleeping.

The men I’d normally take an interest in are often just starting their careers, still in undergrad, or staying out until 3AM every chance they get—whereas I’m living the opposite lifestyle, and as a party of two, not one. In spite of this barrage of challenges, I still have hope.

Even though you know that is how it should be, it may still cause feelings of jealousy – whatever you do don’t nag or complain for more – this is likely to make your date feel like they have taken on another child rather than an adult date.

Many parents don’t live together but share responsibility for raising their children which means your date will still be in regular contact with their ex – this may be the best thing for the kids but it can bring up difficult feelings for you – if you really can’t handle it then maybe this isn’t the right relationship for you.

They will naturally be reticent about introducing someone new into their children’s lives too soon – they will usually want to be sure of the relationship themselves first.

It is natural to want your new love to lavish you with attention and affection but if you are dating a single parent the chances are their kids get the largest share of their attention.

By fulfilling their needs they will be more able to give their children what they need.

Dating a single parent can be challenging for some people.

it might be frustrating for you if you want to spend time with your new love and they simply can’t get away.