It goes without saying that nearly everything about dating as a single mom is wildly different than dating when you're kid-free. Small changes — like needing enough advance notice to procure a babysitter — and big shifts in your decision making — like having an incentive against inviting toxic or destructive people into your life — are all to be expected. But even if a night out on the town with a would-be romantic interest isn't exactly the same as it was pre-kid, there are things even motherhood can't change about dating.
Sure, we might be less likely to go home with someone because we have someone already waiting for us at our own homes. And maybe we're less likely to accept a last-minute drink invitation because, well, it's harder to do anything last-minute when you're a single mom. We might be more likely to have amazing dates because the necessity of planning ahead gives both parties more time to invest in the date being a really good one, too, but parenthood doesn't change everything. No, really. I promise.
Because for every part of dating that definitely does change when you have kids, there's at least one thing that doesn't change at all. Honestly, it would be kinda cool if we didn't have to deal with some of this sh*t anymore and could magically make it go away by having a kid, but that's just now how this whole dating things works. For better or worse, not every single facet of your life will change the moment you procreate. And when it comes to dating, here are the things that absolutely stay the same even when you're dating as a mom: