As a single parent you may wonder whether you are doing things right, ask yourself ten times more questions and may even end up being overcome with guilt. Hopefully you’ll be comforted by the fact that these are also traits of any parent, in any situation. These feelings are very normal and simply come hand in hand with parenting. As a single parent however there may be some special considerations you need to keep in mind, and may include some of the following points.
You’re not alone
In today’s day and age, you are definitely not alone and you may be very aware of this. It’s important to let your kids know this too. That is, having only one parent is something many kids have. You may find reading books or watching shows which illustrate the single parent families in a positive way quite useful.
Accept help from others
You will no doubt at times find things very difficult to juggle and feel like you need to be wonder woman or Superman to get through. Try not to place too much pressure on yourself and wherever possible, accept help from others who offer.
Don’t isolate yourself
Talk about your difficulties and moments of despair with those around you; you might be surprised to learn that they are widely shared by others.
Stay active and eat healthy
Through the tougher times, it may be difficult to look after yourself, everyone else seems to come first. It is however really important you do take time for yourself, eat healthy and get regular exercise. This is important for body and mind. A healthy balanced diet and exercise is important for your child’s health also.
Consider special days
Mother’s day, father’s day, birthdays, come around quickly and while it may be easier for you to ignore them, it may not be as easy for your child. Help them get through these times if they are not in contact with their other parent by explaining the situation openly and allow them to ask you about any concerns they have. If they are able to ask you the tough questions, they may find more comfort in answering the tough questions from others.
The one thing that all kids have in common is that they just want to know they are loved and this can be shown to them through many people including grandparents, extended family, friends, and most importantly YOU. You will be their biggest fan, confidant and role model all in one, and they will love you for it.
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