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Reign in Your Expectations

Imagining that your next date could be your new boyfriend/husband/step-father for your children is too much expectation to put into a get-to-know-you latte. So before you try on his last name for size or grill him about his views on attachment-style parenting, take a deep breath and a giant step back. “This is one date, a few hours max. Don’t go all Disney, like here’s Prince Charming,” cautions Rule. “Keep things in perspective and don’t over-analyze it. The date’s meant to be fun and give you a sense of whether you want to go out again.”

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