Dating after divorce is complicated, especially for parents whose children still live at home.

It's possible that they'll become upset, but if that's the case, then having the conversation with them is even more important than it would have been if they'd been 100% supportive.

So don't let fear stop you from initiating the conversation with your kids.

I encourage you to make this decision you start dating again.

Some divorced parents introduce their kids to all of their friends, without going into detail about the relationship.

This approach allows you to introduce your kids to anyone, and even bring them along on social outings, regardless of how serious the relationship is.

However, if you choose this approach, be sure to share your decision with your date.

Since your demeanor may change in front of your children, or you may wish to be less affectionate, you'll want to prepare your date for the shift so that it's not misinterpreted.

You don't want them to be blindsided by the decision or hear about it from someone else.

Keep in mind, too, that you don't have to be specific.