Tips on dating a single mom

"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.

"We're used to being on our own and aren't afraid of it," says single mom Dina Strada.

The gal that you're interested in dating is a single mom. You're drawn to her because she is very mature and independent (and beautiful, no doubt)—you like that.

But along with her fears, feelings, and needs that you have to be willing to give your all to, she might have a few kids that will need that same sort of support and love as well.

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.

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