• Talk to your kids.

    From time to time, talk with your children in general about your dating life. Tailor your talk based on the age of your children.

    • Explain that you like to have fun with other adults and that there will be times that you go out with friends.

    • Let them know a couple of days in advance that you'll be going out.

    Let your kids know that they're your first priority.

    Regardless of just telling them so, demonstrate through your behavior that you love your kids and are interested in all their activities.

    • Make a major effort to attend your kids' school functions and extracurricular activities, such as sports, dance and music recitals.