When dating women with kids, there are a few things you have to realize. Not only does she have other priorities, you also have to realize you won't always be the first thing on her list. Soccer games, ballet, taking them to trips; these are just a few of the things a single mom has to do, when she is caring for her kids alone. For men who are dating women with kids, these are a few tips that can help you out, especially early on in a relationship, to ensure things will work out, and to ensure jealousy isn't a problem in your relationship.

1 Know you aren't her first priority -
Sometimes, you are going to come second, or even third. If the kids play sports, if they are young and need attention at all times, if they are in special activities or have a doctor's appointment, she has to tend to these things first. By realizing you aren't the only person in her life, and giving her room to take care of and be with the kids (better yet, helping out when possible), will allow you to keep a happy, healthy relationship.

2. Patience is a virtue -
You have to realize things will go wrong; when she has kids, this means:
- Doctor appointments.
- Babysitter cancelling last minute.
- School recitals and plays.

These are only a few of the many things a single mom has to deal with; when you are dating women with kids, you must be patient. If you get mad every time she has to cancel a date, or can't go out on a trip you planned, the relationship is going to be short lived. Over time, you will get used to these things. But, early on, you have to be patient, and not get angry, when things don't go your way.

3. Don't be her second (or third) child -
A single mom has to move quickly, adapt, and already has children to take care of; don't act like a child, and expect her to do the same for you. Show her you can take care of things; help prepare dinner with the kids if she is running late, offer to pick the kids up if she gets stuck at work. Doing these small things not only shows you care about her (and the kids), but also shows you are committed to making it work, and want to be with her, regardless of what else is going on in her busy life.

4. Talk about the kids -
You don't have to answer to dad, but you do have to show you have an interest in kids, especially hers. When dating women with kids, it is important to do things, and plan your dates and activities around them. Invite them to a ball game, go out to the park with them, and plan weekend dates, which include the kids. You have to understand she is a mother first; when you show her you like kids, and have built a bond with her kids, it will really help the relationship flourish, and will allow you to move forward as a happy couple.

5. Give her space -
If she says she needs to take a few days off, or can't see you for some time, let her have that space. Don't coerce her to get a babysitter, or stay away from the kids; this will cause a divide. Sometimes, she needs to spend time with her kids, and you need to allow her to do that. When you start asking her to choose between you and the kids, this is going to mark the beginning of the end of a relationship that you want to be in.

It takes time, practice, and things won't always come easy, when dating women with kids. But, if you really want to make it work, if you want to be with her, and if you care about her, these are a few tips which can help you out, especially early on in a new relationship. Not all relationships are the same, but it is going to take some time to get used to having the kids around, especially if you don't have, or have never wanted, to have kids of your own.

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Bio: Catherine King is a part-time writer who enjoys using writing to challenge her own perspective as well as the beliefs of others. She likes getting to the core of issues and leaving no elephant in the room unaddressed. So you can converse with and learn from (and with) her or deny and debate her, she’ll most likely enjoy either approach.