Just by listening, you are building trust and intimacy. One of the loneliest moments of my days over the past few years has been dinner time.

It is a blessing to sit with my children every evening, but there is a deep ache as I set the table for three.

This piece is also dedicated to all of the single mothers who will hopefully read this and know they are not alone in their needs and desires.

We are responsible for their well-being and daily survival.

Hidden under the layers of responsibility lie our own needs, which resurface as we disengage from our identity as a married woman.

I wrote this piece with the intention of supporting the man interested in a woman with children.

To offer him a peek inside her life, to help him understand her better.

One of the most important actions a man can take when dating or building a relationship with a woman with this cargo ship of obligation is to be respectful of her time and her life.

The last thing she needs is to be concerned or preoccupied with is when she will hear from you, her significant other. Call her regularly, even if it's just to tell her you are thinking about her. When you acknowledge her circumstance, it shows her you care.When you don't have anyone to answer to, come home to, or care for, your schedule belongs to you. A woman with children can't, nor could she even if she wanted to be. Daily life is planned out because children need consistency and boundaries, and she needs to maintain her sanity.There is meal time, bed time, a routine, a school schedule, a homework schedule, dentist appointments, doctor appointments, dance class, time with mom and time with dad.It is important for her to feed her needs, even if they are primal.Emojis have nothing on the emotional forecast of a woman who has weathered a divorce.From the outside, we may look the same as our single comrades (with no children,) but the insides of our lives, minds and hearts are vastly different.