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Dating A Single Mom

Rachel Spencer, Contributing Author


I recently read an article giving tips to men about how to be a gentleman while dating. I’m no dating expert, but I know what does not work. I’m in no way criticizing the men in my world, merely commenting on what I know to be the truth.

Because dating a single mom is different!

A gentleman ought to respect her time for it is valuable, especially when spent away from her children. Her mind may still be at home with the kids. Respecting this is important.

Be honest, always. Even if your voice shakes.

Don’t try to win over her children. They need to get to know you at their own pace. Their past experiences with other men interested in their mama will color their actions. That’s fair. You’re the grown up.

Never put her children, especially sons, in a position to compete with you or to bear the pressure of protecting their mama. That’s counterfeit and immature.

Never speak ill of her ex, especially if he is the father of her children. Your mama taught you better than that.

Always treat her how she deserves to be treated. This is an opportunity to show her children how a woman should be treated by a man.

When you look at her, if all you can see is another man’s ex-wife and can’t set aside wondering about the blame she bears in the split, walk away. She knows the sin she bears.

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There’s no need to swoop in and take over the parenting. Support is nice but if she’s worth her salt, she’s got this covered.

Don’t pressure her to include her children on a date. A wise woman will not introduce her children to a man until she has deemed him to be a quality individual with whom she is interested in building a future.

Endearing yourself to her children, just so a break up would be hard on their hearts, is not honest or fair. If she does the same, exit stage left.

Be a gentleman. If she’s not deserving of your respect, or fails to reciprocate the same, walk away.

Don’t kiss and tell.

Respect her support system, be it family or besties. They are important to her, their input and guidance is important, and they have weathered a storm by her side that you may know little about.

Pray for her. Pray for your relationship. Pray.


Rachel Spencer is a freelance journalist living and working in eastern Colorado. She has written extensively about the agriculture industry and the drought gripping portions of the region. Additionally, she writes about faith, food and family in rural areas. Her advice regarding single mothers is hard won as she is a single mom to two children. You can contact Rachel directly at


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