If you are a single mom, you should consider approaching dating differently than when you were single. You now have your children to consider as you head out there into the dating universe. If you can relate and want to get back into the dating pool, read on.

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Be positive. Ignore the horror stories that you friends spill about their dating exploits and continue to go forward.

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Relax. A date is not an interview for a prospective partner. Going out on a date means eating some Thai food or doing some bowling under disco lights. Period. Take the pressure out of the situation and live in the moment.

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You know that your married friends occasionally fantasize about going out on a date with a new guy, right? Take advantage of being single. Date men of different shapes and sizes, who have different incomes, and who are into different things.

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Flirting is not a lost art. If you are interested in a guy, let him know. Smile when you see him, look into his eyes, and touch his arm: if he is into you, you should be able to tell. And then leave the proverbial ball in his court.

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First dates can feel, well, strange and awkward. Think outside the box. If a man asks you out, suggest an afternoon walk through a gorgeous park for a first date.

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Your children are your first priority in life; this should include your dating life. Your children should not know anything about whom you are dating or how you are dating. Only if you develop a serious relationship should your kids be introduced to your better half.

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Move slowly. If you have been hurt in the past, you may feel like sharing your saga with your date - rather don't. A first date is about getting to know a new person slowly and doing something fun. Be brilliant and not bitter.

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Ask your date lots of questions; most people enjoy talking about themselves. If your date does not reciprocate, consider moving on.