If you criticize your ex, you risk sounding petty and emotionally involved.
If you heap on praise, you sound as though you still have romantic feelings for your ex.
It's in both of your interests to know right away if this is a deal-breaker. "If I meet somebody, the first things that I talk about are my children and my previous wife.
If you don't do that, you come across as being dishonest." But take it more slowly when it comes to telling the kids.
As Hartman puts it, "Your date wants to know about you, not your former marriage." • Don't go into too much detail.
Focus on what you learned and how it made you a better person.
Well, there are good guys, bad guys, those you can’t quite categorize. Then again, it was one of my sons, age 12 at the time, who was anxious for me to get back out there and meet men.
On the other hand, I will point out that his younger brother wanted me home and available only to the two of them, though I doubt he would admit as much.
If you have kids Always reveal up front that you have kids.
Not only does your love life have to factor in your kids' schedules and lives, but some people prefer to date those without kids.
"Listen to their opinion about your partner, but don't give them the power to influence your decision," she says.