In attempting to protect them from failure, we have eliminated opportunities for them to develop a healthy sense of self -- one cultivated through trial and error, hard work and by making a contribution to the communities of their family, friends and school.
Single moms have the opportunity to date for a variety of reasons. One is in the hopes of finding a better match the second (or more) time around. No doubt. But another, equally as valid a reason, is for a little ego boosting, physically satisfying sex-candy on the side.
If you've ever been through a divorce or bad breakup involving kids, you're way ahead in this situation, but if not, and you're like most people, you won't have the first clue what to say ("I'm sorry?" "Congratulations?").
Online dating -- where we take the culmination of mankind's technological advances that could be used to cure cancer, bring universal peace and allow for the expansion of truth and knowledge and instead use it to post pictures of ourselves and tell total strangers who we are.