Your children need to know that while they are a very important part of your life, your entire world doesn't revolve around them.
When you can be open with your children about your social life, it reduces their anxiety and builds trust.
And who do you think your resentment's going to affect most? I'm only going to say this once, so I want you to pay careful attention.
You do not need approval from your children in order to date!
Everything you do and say and feel is a lesson for your children.
When you take care of yourself emotionally by enjoying your life and the people who populate it, you're teaching your children how to become healthy, happy adults as well.
While other single parents are probably the most likely to be interested in dating someone with children, there are lots of people who have no children of their own who would be delighted with a ready-made family.
Even if you fit the description of single mom or dad, it's important for you to realize that you are more than just a parent.
Some of you might be thinking, "I'd love to start dating, but who would want to date someone with four children, a dog, and two parakeets? Don't automatically assume just because you have children, you're less desirable.
There are plenty of people who like children and who want to date someone with children.
But if you don't take care of yourself, you won't be able to take care of your children.