Rule #1: Don't Treat Dating Like It's a Sprint—It's More Like a Half Marathon Guys, you have got to take it slow.
Despite everything being instant these days (texting, canned sandwiches, high-speed internet, get-rich-quick schemes), you have to give the relationship time to blossom, and it's not going to happen overnight. You're a great guy, so don't blow it by proposing to the gal on the second date.
Unfortunately, I've heard of stuff like that happening. and then wallow in sadness with a canned sandwich and instant oatmeal. I've found that being straight up with how you feel yields awesome benefits. Chances are she's already a little tender from stuff that's happened in the past.
Rule #2: Cut the Crap and Quit Playing Games Playing games with your prospective partner's emotions is reserved for teenagers. Being honest and having good communication skills, from what I’ve heard, are of HUGE importance if you want a successful relationship. What's more enjoyable than a beautiful woman happily telling you about everything that she loves?
I’m sure the other parents have like 10 million friends on theirs. This parenthood thing – the school thing – is going to be hilarious, because I don’t know what in the hell I’m doing, how I’m supposed to act. And then, once you are finally ready to get back out there, you have to factor in the kids and their feelings.
First, you have to get past your divorce, the heartbreak, the anger and the tears.
Either way, do what you can to show her that you are a decent guy—open the door for her (yes, the car door and the door into the restaurant), speak kindly about her and other people, be genuinely interested in her. Don't be coughing up the big bucks at some fancy restaurant just so you can get some later. Rule #5: Give Her the Support That She Needs I've never been a single mom before, but I know a few, and they have got a ton on their plate.