5. She’ll only keep you around if the relationship is a good thing for both her and her kids. I have kids now, and even though a first date is a long way from introducing a potential stepdad, there are certain things I’m looking for now to avoid a potential disaster down the road. I think that’s the thing about dating as a single mom and not a single lady—you really have no time to overanalyze or stress—or wait for the phone to ring or an email to show up in your inbox (Chrissy, PRE-JD). Plus after years of being a stay-at-home mom and working freelance jobs here and there, I’m really proud of my full-timey job that I love and would seriously enjoy the opportunity to brag about it a little.

I set JD up with his fave sitter, a brand new coloring book and Matchbox car, left money for pizza and hit the road.
When he said this I wondered for a moment if I should mention the fact that I published a book. I took a risk and told him about my single mom memoir, Rattled!, and threw in that it was favorably reviewed by The New York Times and named a Target Breakout Book.
Check out my latest single parenting slide show, Dating Tips for Single Parents. Amy Spencer, the relationship expert who shared advice in the slide show, is the author of Meeting Your Half-Orange: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match (I read it and LOVED it!

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