Older dating strategies

Don’t get caught up in listening to family members or friends who will try to discourage you or suggest that she’s just looking for a father figure. Pay attention, instead, to the woman you know and the relationship you’re building together.

If there’s tension with her ex, let your girlfriend handle it.She's been doing a pretty good job up to this point!Want more of Bustle's Sex and Relationships coverage?Check out our new podcast, I Want It That Way, which delves into the difficult and downright dirty parts of a relationship, and find more on our Soundcloud page.When you’re dating a single mom, let her handle 100% of the kids’ discipline.

The only exception to this rule is if she specifically asks for your support or help.

In other relationships, you may have been able to gauge a woman’s feelings for you by how much time and energy she put into your relationship.

When you’re dating a single mom, this isn’t necessarily the case.

She's smart, strong, and beautiful, but also a bit of a mystery. And how do you let her know that you're not just playing games—without getting overly involved too soon?

Before you start dating a single mom or explore taking this relationship to the next level, set the stage for success with these 9 tips.

Yep, you read that right — she’s a counselor, a millennial herself, she’s in a successful long-term relationship. Jeney, who is also the founder of the subscription-based Modern Love Box for couples, has been with her partner for about a decade, and has been in private practice for three years.