A. Meet. Date. Love. Marriage. Kids.
This seems to be the stereotypical thoughts/sequence that is usually referenced. Remember the song from childhood: ....first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage.
B. Meet. Date. Love. Kids. Marriage
C. Meet. Date. Love. Kids.
D. Meet. Kids. Love
E. Meet. Kids
Although A, is the dream choice for some, B, C, D and E are usually the reality. The difference between the choices is dependent on the situation and what is demanded.
If you are a person who wants the stereotypical A, then being with a person who is in the B,C, D or E category may not work for you and vice versa. This is ok and you shouldn't settle for what you don't want just to avoid being alone. Many are afraid to admit what they don't want because being alone is scarier. No matter the order, being on one accord makes a huge difference in the success of each equation.
Whether Woman or Man, you have a right to your happiness.