A: Don't give up dating! It's a learning curve like anything else so you need to get out there and practice. I agree it's best to keep dating and your children separate until you know the man is "a keeper." Meet the dates outside the house and make sure your child is left in safe hands. You are entitled to go out and enjoy yourself. Having a healthy adult relationship is an important part of life and like anything else takes time and effort. Look for red flags such as a lack of responsibility, words and actions not matching up, and poor treatment of others. Pay attention to how he makes you feel. You want to select someone who can really add to your life and your child's life.
If you find you are making poor choices in men, talk with a friend, clergy person or therapist.
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