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Single mothers who are thinking of dating again have a lot of questions. (You can find the answers to some of them in this article) One of the biggest questions is about when, and how, to start back up with the physical side of dating. You know, having sex. You’re a single mom, you’ve got kids – you know how sex works. But what you might not have thought about is how sex will work now that you have to keep those kids in mind at the same time. It was one thing to have sex with your partner or husband before the divorce...

The rules have changed. You might look back with a bit of nostalgia on those days when you didn’t have to tell anyone where you were going, or when you were coming back. When you didn’t have to be back at home at any particular time. Now you have to think about unromantic things like babysitters, bottle warming instructions, school pick-ups and snack times – and that’s even before you think about going out on a date, much less bringing someone back into your home. How do you get through the new dating environment...

Well, he might not be next door … but on the other hand, he might! If you think that the only places to find a date or a romantic relationship are in “traditional” locations like bars, parties, or dance clubs, you’re limiting your options when it comes to meeting the partner of your dreams. One reason why those traditional places are popular is that they’re usually easy to fit into a busy schedule. It’s true that some of the other suggestions in this article involve weekend outings, or midweek planning,...

There are a lot of fish in the sea, but if you’ve already thrown away more than you’ve kept, it’s time to look at some strategies for getting back into the water – and avoiding the sharks. 1. Keep your sense of humor Choosing a life partner is a serious affair, but unless you bring some humor into the situation and relax, you’ll be too stressed out to make good decisions. One of the things that makes people feel stress is the belief that there’s a timeline or deadline that has to be met. While it’s...

Whether you were married for twenty years or two, with your partner for a short time or what you thought would be a long-term relationship, it can be a shock to find yourself alone again. Relationships are often things that settle into the back of your mind and create an “it will always be this way” environment,f so the ending of a relationship creates a dramatic change between what you expect and what you have. But before looking for the next person to form a twosome with, you’ll need to focus on rebuilding two important...

Good parenting isn’t just about making sure that your children get to bed on time, eat their vegetables, and brush their teeth every day. That’s all part of keeping your kids healthy, and that’s important, but there’s more to good family health than that. You’ve got to keep your own health in mind, both physical and emotional. You need to find ways to do more in less time – as a single mother, time is one thing you can never have too much of! Read these twenty tips to find out the best ways to have a...

Many single mothers rely on child support for additional money each month after a divorce, especially if they weren’t working before, or have lost their job, or need to stay at home with the kids instead of looking for other work. Unfortunately, anything to do with child support or money will often add even more tension to a situation that’s already difficult. That’s why every state has laws and regulations set up to make sure single parents get the support they need for their children. Here’s how to apply for child...

Protecting your child from harm is something you’ve always focused on. Whether it’s been by putting up a baby gate, making sure cupboards and doors are locked, strapping her into a car seat, or dressing him warmly before letting him out to play, you’ve done your best to make sure that your child is safe from physical harm. That might even be one of the reasons you’ve decided to get divorced or separate from your partner. However, during the process of divorce and the long-term decisions surrounding custody and visitation,...

When you’re getting divorced, there are so many emotional issues that come up that you need to handle. It’s hard keeping a clear head, managing changes in your home and life, protecting your children, and still trying to make the best decisions. When you start getting into arguments about custody, things can get really bad for you, and for your whole family. However, this is a critically important part of any divorce or separation. What you say, do, and sometimes even think may change the outcome of the court’s decision....

Divorce is a difficult experience for everyone. No one undertakes it lightly, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. Once you are certain that your marriage has irretrievably broken down, or he has left for good, divorce and all the misery it entails is the only option. That said, sometimes, being apart once and for all draws a line under an unhappy relationship and can actually be a bit of a relief, although it is usually tough for the kids unless they have been actively abused by their father. However, in many marriages, neither parent...

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