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But it's also tough, she adds, because once you're on the dating scene you can feel like a teenager again, in that shaky, unconfident, not-sure-if-he'll-call sort of way.

So how can you make post-divorce dating—whether you're looking for a good time or a good (relationship-minded) man—less daunting?

Your children may view your dates as competition for your love and attention, and as a rejection of their now-absent parent.

Their fantasies of reconciliation will be damaged, and the loss of your attention can reawaken fears of abandonment.

Dating after divorce can be a minefield for the midlife woman.

Perhaps even thornier than pondering what to wear on a date, where to go, who pays—not to mention how you even find people to date in this brave new world of Internet match-ups—is getting over your reluctance to take a stab at it. "A divorced woman may feel very vulnerable at this stage, in part because she used to have a spouse to 'protect' her and now she has to go out into the world on her own," says Diana Kirschner, Ph D, author of .

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There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.

A child’s usual reaction to mom or dad’s first date is a negative one.

Rushing into dating after a divorce threatens a child’s world.

You should talk with your child about your new adult friends.