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7 important lessons learned in 2013 as a single parent dating

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So what grand lessons have you learned as a single parent this year? Perhaps you are just going through the breakup process or have been single again for several years.

No matter what your situation, priority one is your kids.

Did you learn something new for the times about dating and relating? Have you avoided dating due to fresh memories or a few too many bad dates?

It's OK. We get it. Single parent, or just single. Dating is frustrating, complicated and full of unnecessary hardships.

Goodness knows life can be complicated on its own, without any new relationship issues budding on the side. So as the end of the year comes to pass, what are some of life's lessons that you've learned?

Being a parent is hard. Dating is hard. Dating as a single parent is like hara-kiri.

Here's my quick synopsis: I was abstaining from dating for a while, then gave up my "man diet." Unfortunately, guys didn't get the memo, and I had a total of one date in one and a half years.

Not so good for a midlife single mom who's kept up with age.

Here's my list of the seven best tips for what I've learned in 2013. If you have any to add, I'd be gracious to hear them!

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