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I am a single parent and a large reason I am not dating is BECAUSE of my kids. I love them very much and don't want a woman that I hook up with affecting their lives in a detrimental way - so... I simply don't date. Pretty kooky eh? Both my kids are legal adults but I still don't want any drama / negative fallout wrt my kids.
I'm going to assume a single mother here, since that is more common.
Depends to a large extent on the role of the child's father. If he isn't a part of the child's life and male relatives of the mother are not. there is more scope and perhaps more need for the partner to be involved in the child's life, but that depends as well on what everyone is comfortable with.