I'd never purport that it's not normal to be angry, hurt, outraged or lonely -- essentially, to be an emotional mess. This is all completely normal and to be expected. But what is not acceptable? Using your children to "stick it" to your ex.
Often times people take dating after a divorce entirely too seriously. You are not looking to jump into a serious relationship, are you? Then dating should be fun and exciting, but it's up to you to create that for yourself.
The type of mate you're looking for in your 30s is probably different than your ideal partner in your 20s. While these exact details will vary from person to person, generally, older daters will have a clearer picture of their ideal mate while younger daters have a more ambiguous picture.
It's human nature to want to make a good first impression, and occasionally that leads potential dates to have a less-than-honest profile. Be patient, look carefully, and always take your time when getting to know someone.
Dating is stressful enough; dating as a single parent is even tougher. You're so busy trying to keep up with your job and the needs of your children, you probably don't have time to stop and think about date possibilities.
You can't instantly walk into a successful long-term relationship, but you can nurture one into existence. If you're trying to turn a good short-term relationship into a great long-term relationship, you'll need to put in effort to make it work.
There is a warmth and wholeness to single dads that men without children rarely possess. Another perk: You know what you're getting. A man's parenting profile is about as transparent of a resume as you'll find.