The last thing you want is for them to hear the news from someone else or meet a new girlfriend unexpectedly.
Keep their contact with your dates as minimal as possible at first.
Avoid introducing your children to every date you have as this can harm their perception of relationships overall.
They could get close to one of your dates only for them to disappear, which could make it difficult for them to get close to someone else you do get serious with.
Relationships are complicated enough without adding in several more layers of “what ifs” – so it’s almost easier just to push through the loneliness, and spare myself and the boys any risk of further hassle.
But that’s not to say that I haven’t given it a go…
It’s unusually common for single dads dating to look for similarities to their ex in a new partner.