How to know you are ready
Making a decision to re-enter the world of dating as a single parent is something very complicated and should not be taken lightly as it can have adverse effects both on you and your child. Therefore you must be sure that you are ready and that it is the right time for you to start dating again. First of all, you need to complete all the grieving and healing processes. No matter how you have lost your partner, it will leave a mark and you need to make sure that you are done with the healing process as it may have disastrous consequences on your dating life and it can completely discourage you from dating. This is very important as single parents are used to being in a relationship and the whole prospect of being alone in certain situations may create a feeling of need for someone, which in turn may prove very, very harmful.
Also, have you tried talking to your child about dating? Of course, if they are old enough to know what dating means. If you are not comfortable about talking to your child on this matter, it might be a good indication that you are still not ready.
You should also be sure that you feel good about yourself. There is nothing harder than dating if you are not feeling self-confident and attractive.