Use common sense when dating and think twice before allowing yourself a romantic encounter on a whim.Schneider suggests waiting for sexual encounters for as long as possible, and only after you're in a committed relationship. "It's not just pregnancy; technology has gotten to the point to where nothing is private.

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What worked for your parents may not work for you, and what works for you may not work for future generations.

Setting ground rules for your own dating life will keep your emotions in check, and may even increase your chances of finding a suitable partner.

Sometimes a date might just feel "off" despite everything appearing to be perfect or a person may simply give you a strange vibe even though they seem outwardly "perfect." Listen to your intuition, says e Harmony.

Trust your instincts in both face-to-face dating and online dating.

It's best to lean toward brevity when it comes to talking about why your last relationship ended.

"If you're divorced, don't talk about your divorce," advises Schneider. Nobody wants to hear sob stories." Ask agrees with this advice and warns men that revealing too much about an ex may result in jealousy issues down the road.

"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.

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