But those of us single moms in the real world know that life can be challenging when trying to juggle your kids, job, friends, errands, workouts, and meeting the love of your life.

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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. What's more enjoyable than a beautiful woman happily telling you about everything that she loves?

Here are eight rules that I think will lead you in the right direction.

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.

Kids are a huge responsibility when two people are sharing the responsibilities, but now that she's taking care of the kids by herself, she's definitely going to have her hands full.

Be patient and realize that although you may be an important part in her life, those kiddos are at the top of her list.

To some, the word evokes memories of romantic moments with a significant other.

To others, the word summons horrific memories of blind dates that made you want to run for the hills.

So did Susan Meyer in Desperate Housewives and of course, Jules Cobb in Cougar Town.

These TV single moms managed to date, and even made it look easy.

Now that you've got some fond (or not-so-fond) memories of dating bouncing around in your head, I'm going to throw another element into the mix that will make the dating game a little more advanced.