He's quiet and shy, but that's OK because you're plenty crazy for both of you.

Steady text-streaming while each of you carpools kids around town leads to formal date nights that involve hiring sitters and end with late-night conversations while lying on the grass in his backyard.

Several phone calls point to yes, so you agree to meet at a trendy restaurant.

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He practically has to kick you out of his studio apartment and remind you that you have kids waiting at home.

Of course, artists have limited cash flow, but since you work two jobs, you're happy to pick up the tab when you go out to dinner, telling yourself the adult conversation is totally worth it.

A secret stoner, this guy only comes out of his shell when he's baked, which explains his timid retraction when his ex-wife threatens to keep him from seeing the kids if the two of you keep seeing each other (she is the only one allowed to have a life).

When communication comes to a screeching halt, you borderline harass him for a while, demanding a reason why.

By now you've been divorced a few solid years and your tolerance for inadequacy is at a record low.

At per hour minimum, a dude has to be sitter-worthy at this point.

Behind the seductive veneer, he houses a huge secret that can easily go undetected by single moms new to the dating scene: He only wears flip-flops.

A dozen identical pairs are lined up by the front door of his "minimalist" bachelor pad.

Single Mom Souvenir: This guy reminds you that there is a sexy, passionate beast living inside you, and prompts a much-needed lingerie makeover. In his spare time, he takes ballroom dance lessons and reads books about ballroom dancing, which you try to feign interest in but it's just not there. He's been married a few times, traveled the world and is a successful entrepreneur with a vintage motorcycle.

A loner, he shows up at your door at the first sign of a text from you, yet is man enough to stand in the shadows when you cry over his former BFF, a.k.a. His poems have taught him that heartbreak is temporary. European with a penchant for scarves (even in summer), he stands up when you leave the table at a restaurant and takes you places you long dreamed of going -- Milan, Buenos Aires, Prague -- but never with your kids.

Updated to add: The use of the term ‘single mother’ is not exactly accurate. If you screw up and get pregnant, don’t screw up even more and bring an innocent child along with you! Divorced moms who escaped abusive marriages with drug/sex/gambling/whatever addicts should not get a free pass from you, either.