All they've experienced is the trauma of the breakup.
Most of the children Ahrons spoke to considered their divorced parents' dating lives pretty darn weird.
Making time to date while also working full time, attending Little League games and school plays, and schlepping kids back and forth to orthodontists-pediatricians-tutors-play dates was really challenging for me, and I only have two kids.
When I divorced several years ago, I was relatively clueless about what dating with kids would be like.
I couldn't quite shake the image of me as a carefree, wrinkle-free 20-something instead of a middle-aged divorcee with "baggage" that had names, ages, thoughts and feelings.
Wit, charm and looks were obviously no longer enough to find a special someone; I would need to find a man who would not only be attracted to me, but who'd also accept if not necessarily embrace my boys and all their quirks.
"I don't believe there is someone out there who can handle my baggage that's too heavy to lift." She may be right on that; it will take a very, very special someone who'll want to take on eight little kids and a reality TV star.
Still, single parents are entitled to a fulfilling personal life and we're looking for it, challenges be damned!
Kids question who they are and what's ahead once their parents divorce, in addition to secretly hoping that they'll get back together again, therapists say.
With the US divorce rate still lingering around 50% for first marriages, many children have experienced their parents’ divorce by the time they are eighteen.
And most adults are out and dating again within a year after their divorce, sometimes dating several partners before remarriage.
If he's worried that dating will cut into your time together, for example, then you might create some special one-on-one time with him.
If he's really put off by the idea of you dating a man other than his father, explain that you're making new friends, just like he does when he's in a new situation.
Talk with your son about how your dating makes him feel.