Whether you're six months post-divorce or six years, there is no "right" time to start dating. If you're dying to get out of the house, call your girlfriends for a night out. If you're looking to get your heart pounding, try some cardio.

"As kids get older, you may choose to share more casual details about your new boyfriend," says Esther Boykin, a licensed marriage and family therapist and relationship coach outside of Washington, D. "But for younger kids it's often best to start by introducing the idea that you have a new friend who you like to spend time with." When you're finally ready for the first meeting, start with a casual group activity your kids enjoy, like a picnic at a park with friends who have kids.

If you do break up with someone your kids have already gotten to know, try to explain it to younger children in terms they'll understand.

No matter what the age of the child, avoid a detailed account of why you broke up.

Your kids deserve an explanation, but shouldn't be your confidants."This is big nay for me when children are in the house," Zane says.

Whether you're bouncing back after a divorce, or recovering from the death of your life partner, returning to the dating scene is never easy.

Indeed, from the challenge of meeting someone new, to wondering if he'll call again, to those inevitable questions about sex and intimacy, the prospect of getting back in the groove can seem downright daunting.

Instead, focus on topics that are easy to discuss and help you learn about each other.

Though you may be excited about a new relationship, be extra cautious about sharing this information with your kids.

No date likes to be surprised by that info later on.

Other than that, she says, save the details about your children, your custody arrangements, your divorce, and your ex for when you know the person better.

If activities seem too hard on your schedule or psyche right now, Zane says to look into the Internet dating scene.