Single mom Kate Gosselin is, evidently, ready to date again. The reality TV star's divorce from her former hubby, Jon, was finalized last year, and after about a year of trying to sort things out and come to some sense of normalcy post-divorce, most of us are ready to get back into the mating game.By the time we hit age 36, as Kate did late last month, we're pretty hip to what dating's about -- unless somewhere along the line we procreated.Mostly they want to know what it means when Mom or Dad falls in love again, and many newly divorced moms and dads don't even have that figured out for themselves. When I threw myself back into the dating pool with all the enthusiasm of a pimply adolescent, the complications appeared immediately.

"I don't believe there is someone out there who can handle my baggage that's too heavy to lift." She may be right on that; it will take a very, very special someone who'll want to take on eight little kids and a reality TV star.

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Maryanne writes: I’m recently divorced and just started dating.Try to be as self-reflective as you can and make sure you have learned the important lessons from your marriage and other relationships as you want to make sure you move into a more evolved relationship with someone who values you. If YOU have a question you’d like me to answer live, please send it to: [email protected] Relationship Have a beautiful week!You've gotten past the divorce and dating someone new seems like a possibility you'd like to consider, but where do you even start?If you've taken a long vacation from the dating scene, it can be daunting to even think about going out on a date.You may be wondering what's changed since you quit dating the first time, where do you go to meet men, or how you should act when you are out on a date? It would take time to develop and many, many experiences…both funny and pathetic.And, since most men my age are divorced, too, he'd most likely need me to do the same.