It's fine to talk about your kids, but keep it to a minimum. It's a good idea to keep your dates private until things start to get serious.

Doing otherwise can end up making your kids angry or jealous. It's natural to feel like a teenager with raging hormones when you start dating again.

Unlike typical eight hour jobs, our professional lives can span from administrative oversight during the day to leading bible study in the evening to weekend leadership retreats or church fairs.

Dating after your divorce can be intimidating not only logistically, but also emotionally. Dating as a single parent is a whole different ballgame than it was before you had kids. It can sometimes seem like everyone has an opinion about whether you should date or not.

These tips can help you get started on the right foot... But this is your life and you are the one who gets to live it, not someone else. As a single mom, it's easy for your whole life to be wrapped up in your kids.

Try not to take it personally – they probably would want to spend more time with you if they could.

Use other means to keep in touch – texting, phone calls and emails and value the time you do get together.

If your kids are young, just imagine how many years you'll be out of the dating scene before they leave home. Don't expect your kids to be overjoyed when you first start dating. Explain that you love them, but you also like to spend time with your friends (just like they do). And as the adult, you get to make the decisions and not your kids. But they shouldn't be the main topic of conversation during your date.

If you feel ready to date, there is no reason to wait for the perfect time or until the nest is empty. After all, they have had you to themselves for quite a while, and now they have to share. Take some time to find out about this new man; his interests, work, and hobbies. Children get uncomfortable when there's a parade of men taking their Mom out.

When it's time for the kids to meet this great new man, make it a casual meeting somewhere other than home. But the bedroom is not the best place to start a relationship.

Passion gets confused with love and it's easy to get swept away in a relationship that might ultimately be wrong for you. A new relationship can feel like a breath of fresh air and it's easy to want the relationship to develop at a fast pace.

I have a few newly single mom friends who are starting to dip their toes into the dating pool. " and "I think I need a drink."Sometimes I wish there was a book out there I could give to the guys trying to date us single moms. Mussy hair looks hot on Benedict Cumberbatch and David Tennant and really, that's about all. For some of us, it's the only non-child centered social event of our week. When you find us online, please spell out your words. We don't really want to talk about our kids over dinner.