Blended families and the role of stepparents isn’t a particularly new phenomenon in the family structure.

We see it in celebrity culture – the Kardashian/Jenner clan and Will Smith’s family for instance.

In some respect my parents’ relationship and not having my dad there full time actually helped me prepare for fatherhood in ways I couldn’t comprehend until I was this age.

Once your late 20s-early 30s, being a relationship with a single mother is a serious possibility.

When you think of a single mom on the dating scene, visions of a 20-something who can barely balance her own checkbook (guilty) probably don’t come to mind.

But, believe it or not, not all of us single moms are recent divorcées scrolling through silver fox profiles on Match.

If that's the case, it's better to eliminate them early rather than risk getting attached."Sarah learned this the hard way.

"I was ' Cinderella' because I had to be home by midnight for the babysitter," she says.

These tips can help you get started on the right foot... But this is your life and you are the one who gets to live it, not someone else. As a single mom, it's easy for your whole life to be wrapped up in your kids.

If your kids are young, just imagine how many years you'll be out of the dating scene before they leave home. Don't expect your kids to be overjoyed when you first start dating. Explain that you love them, but you also like to spend time with your friends (just like they do). And as the adult, you get to make the decisions and not your kids. But they shouldn't be the main topic of conversation during your date.

There were stretches of time when he wasn’t around; either by his own volition or my mother protecting us from his disappointments. Having such an inconsistent father was my first example of what kind of father not to be.