10 tips for dating a single mom

Our kids cannot watch themselves, unless they're old enough and able. (And weren’t you looking for someone who would be a great mother? Don't listen to the assumptions and over opinionated bunch that associates single moms with the 'D' word - drama.It's not true, single moms are great women who deserve a chance.But, believe it or not, not all of us single moms are recent divorcées scrolling through silver fox profiles on Match.There are plenty, like me, who are blissfully lacking in life experience, have yet to reach the big 3-0, and spend more time swiping left on Tinder instead.

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.

And let’s not forget that I’m just a theme song word for word, but couldn’t for the life of me name ONE song from Kanye’s latest album. I mean, if I can manage to balance everything life throws my way while parenting an infant at my young age, I can certainly handle dating. Still, to sharpen my skills before heading into the trenches, I asked a few experts for advice on navigating the dating scene as a single 20-something mom. Sure, it used to seem like great fun to get tipsy and swipe right on potential hookups less than 10 miles away—20, if he or she is really hot—but apps like Tinder are more likely to land just that: A hookup and not a serious dating candidate.

She’s loyal — and is fiercely protective of her little brood. She can articulate what she wants and needs from a relationship.

She’s no longer a party girl, but a fun night out is still very welcome.