Being a single parent is never easy but I am at a stage where 3 out of my 4 kids are all grown up (all in college) and thought it would be nice to be dating again.

It has been 17 years since I was separated from their biological father and have focused my time and efforts being both a mother and a father to them.

Now that they are older and need less of me, I am considering being in a relationship again.

However, my kids are a opposed to it. They say that I don't need a man in my life and that I should not have any worries because they promised to take care of me when I grow old.

I find it sweet that they have actually thought and made plans about my "retirement". And I know that the reason they are not keen on the idea of me having a relationship because they don't want me hurt again (we're really very close!).

Not that I'm in a terrible hurry or desperate to have a man in my life...but how do I make them understand?