The TLC star says she has to be "extra choosey" when it comes to finding a partner

By Emily Strohm
Updated January 19, 2016 12:00 PM

Kate Gosselin has some serious criteria when it comes to her next boyfriend.

In an exclusive sneak peek at Tuesday’s Kate Plus 8, Gosselin goes on a blind date, but she isn’t shy about telling him exactly what she demands in a suitor.

“I do know that the person that comes around and sticks around – like if you are willing to take on eight kids, you have to be pretty darn tough, like, from the get-go,” the 40-year-old mom of twins and sextuplets tells her date over dinner.

“I think that in itself will be the ready-made test.”

Gosselin hasn’t been doing much blind dating since her very public divorce from ex-husband Jon, but the mom of eight says she left her marriage with a very important lesson for herself and her children.

“I think from the experience that I have been through, my main message to my kids is to never settle,” she says. “Do be comfortable with yourself enough that you are not just, like, marrying the first person that comes along,” she says.

“I think that’s a big mistake that a lot of people make, and this time around I have to be extra choosey not only for myself. The bar is set very much higher.”

Kate Plus 8 airs Tuesdays (10 p.m. ET) on TLC.