What’s wrong with dating exclusively for a while and getting to know one another before slapping that girlfriend label across my ass?
As a single parent in my 30s, I don’t feel I can be as carefree about falling in love or getting into a relationship as I was in my teens and twenties.
It's hardly news that conventional dating norms have gone out the window and, with them, so too have traditional dating labels.
"Boyfriend" and "girlfriend" seem to share the same fate as the now arcane "going steady." People are still dating -- sure -- but recently, would-be couples less readily refer to one another as "boyfriend" or "girlfriend," opting instead for basic , sans label.
The fallout (or perhaps, benefit) from this aversion to labels remains to be seen.
Since becoming a single mom more than five years ago, I’ve gone through a lot of changes – especially in my dating life. For awhile I bounced back and forth between playing the field and not dating at all to focus on my son and myself.
At a certain point though I grew bored of all the me-time and hook-ups.