In fact, dating might widen your social support circle. Right online, but she did make new friends (and someone to tend her garden).

Enjoy this new chapter whenever you can, and try to laugh at the wilder moments.

Here's what to know about dating as a single mom, according to women who've done it—and a few things someone who has started seeing a single mom (and wants to impress her) should keep in mind.

If you're a single mom just starting to date again...

"Don’t do it until both you and your children are in a peaceful place," Good adds.

Lillibridge, whose kids were toddlers when she started dating, said she took the approach of introducing new boyfriends as just another one of her platonic male friends.

"Dating requires resilience, and things won't always go smoothly.

If you meet people you click with, but don't feel that magical spark, don't let that discourage you, either.

Showing an interest in her family is wonderful, but resist any urges to pressure her for an in-person meeting.

When you do eventually spend time with her kids, never forget that you're not their parent.

"Dating as a single mom is pretty reminiscent of dating as a teenager," Lillibridge jokes.