Be respectful of her need to not allow her kids to bond with someone who may not actually play any long-term role in their lives.If this is frustrating, try to remember that what she is demonstrating is loyalty to her kids and a desire to protect them from needless harm.

Being jealous of her time will likely be counterproductive.

Many single mothers are reluctant to introduce their children to a man until they are certain that he will be sticking around for awhile.

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.

Until the mini people are old enough to get their own cereal and turn on the cartoons, there's no such thing as sleeping in.

If you choose to date a single mother, some of that will be expected of you as well.

Very few single mothers have not been through some kind of turmoil. For instance, a woman who has endured betrayal or abuse may need a slow and steady approach, as opposed to one who found that she was simply not compatible with her ex.Expect any single mother worth her salt to put the care and concerns of her children first.Many women are called on to play the role of both mother and father, and you can expect that her children's needs, whatever they may be, will be paramount to her.Although your dating life may not be as carefree as that of two single people, seeing someone with kids can still be rewarding.Being aware of the unique circumstance can go a long way toward making things easier.Ask about what she loves about being a mom, ask about what her kids' interests are, admit that you've never seen 3. At least not until you're all functioning as a family unit, which takes time, honesty, and patience, and possibly some therapy.4. Do make her a mixed CD and enjoy watching Netflix together after the kiddos hit the hay. Throw everything you know about scheduling out the window.