Dating to fill the void or to build your self-esteem will not work in the long term, bringing more harm than comfort.
As noted in a previous post, watching parents treat each other with disrespect and lack of affection harms kids even more than having to shuffle between two homes.
Everyone is different with regard to dating readiness. Consider, though, that when a relationship has been unhappy, it’s important to give yourself time before jumping right into or e Harmony.
In evaluating when to let children know about a new romantic partner, the goal is always to protect the child’s psychological best interests.
Much depends on the child’s age and the quality of your relationship before and after your separation.
Taking this opportunity before dating again will help you, your kids, and your eventual romantic partner.