"In terms of protecting the children, your child should not meet every guy you're dating," says Schneider. You should only introduce them to guys with whom you are serious." She also cautions against posting photos of your children online if you use dating websites or social media to meet men.It can be easy in the beginning stages of a relationship to want to spend all your free time with your new love interest, but displaying too much eagerness can scare a guy off. Women are wired to be friendly and chatty, and you start showing up at his house unannounced or calling him for no reason, he'll start feeling scared. Life Coach Demetria Lucas adds that if men seem uncommunicative, particularly when a woman has been extra-communicative, this may be a good indicator that he's been scared off."Women can operate with their heart instead of their head." Following dating rules help you set and maintain your own standards and make sure you don't allow your emotions to overrule your common sense.

Some men make a habit of contacting several women through online dating profiles, but never ask for an actual date.

Instead, they simply keep communicating instead of trying to meet in person.

If following rules while playing the dating game seems stifling to you, instead consider the rules to be a protective measure.

"Dating can be very emotional," says Sherrie Schneider, co-author of The Rules series of dating advice books.

Speaking badly about your ex might also make you appear bitter, which is not the best trait to present when dating.

How long should you wait to start dating when a relationship ends?"Guys that don't ask you out are either in other relationships or they just aren't available for whatever reason," says Schneider."If he hasn't asked you out in four emails, he's in a fantasy relationship." If online conversations never seem to evolve into a plan to meet each other in person, it may be best to move on.Cosmopolitan says that male friends are actually good candidates for a romantic relationship because there is a good chance that they have already seen all sides of you.This minimizes the potential for feeling awkward while trying to get to know someone new. You already know and respect each other; as long as there is an attraction present, there is no reason why your guy friend may not someday be your love interest."Women with kids feel they shouldn't date because their kids are young," says Schneider. The best thing you can do for your child is to have a life.