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Best Tips for Single Parents


Most parents have kids with the assumption that the other partner will be around forever. However circumstances may change, if you're married, divorce may happen and if you weren't, the father or sometimes the mother may just disappear. The reality is that about 1 in every 4 Americans live as a single parent, that’s just the world we live in. There is a challenge that only single parents feel, a stress, an overwhelming feeling that you may not be enough as you venture on this path alone. Let’s face it, being a single parent is much more difficult than parenting together under the same roof, but there are ways to cope and rise above, as you work through being a single parent for the first time.


Create a Support System
While you may not have that other parent partner in the same household, you do have a group of family and friends you can rely on. Create a new support system based upon your single parent status, open up to friends and family as well as neighbors to seek help and ways to have that system in place to lean on when times get rough.

Create a Household Budget
Living on one income is no easy feat, to boot you probably have to pay some form of childcare depending upon the ages of your children. Getting ahold of your finances is probably one of the best tips for single parents we can give you. Create a household budget that suits one adult income and stick to it at all times!


Take Time for Yourself
Don’t feel guilty about taking time for yourself, it’s okay to drop the kids off to a member in your support system and take a day to yourself. Even if this day consists of catching up on sleep or cleaning the house, take time for yourself. Do something that helps keep your soul alive as an individual, a happy single parent makes happy children.

Treat the Kids Like Kids
It’s a well-known statistic that single parents tend to lean on the eldest child more than they should. It’s not done intentionally, it just happens. Learn to treat your kids like kids, allow them the childhood they deserve. Rather lean on your adult support system when times are hectic, your kids will thank you for this when they are older.


Keep a Positive Attitude
A positive attitude really can go a long way, while it may be easy to sulk in the sadness that becomes you as a single parent, let it go! Learn to keep a positive attitude about your life, because you are a strong single parent. You are doing it all alone, with a supportive group of people who know you got this!

Let's discuss: What other tips can you give single parents? 

Annmarie John
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  1. It can be a very difficult time when you are left to tackle such a monumental task by yourself. I agree with you that nobody plans on having this happen to them but it's important to note that many single parents do a wonderful job despite the obstacles that they face on a daily basis.

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    1. Yes it can be and I know a lot of single parents who are doing the best that they can and doing a great job too!

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  2. I admire all single parents out there. My grandmother had 6 children and my grandfather walked out on them when my mom (the eldest) was 14, so technically they never had a father. I feel that single parents are very strong and people to look up to. I don't know if I could do it, but I guess is their children that give them the strength

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    1. They are very strong people. It takes strength to be a single parent.

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  3. This is a wonderful encouragement for single parents. Life is not always sweet, and could tougher to many mor than to others. I admire the single parents who do amazing job raising their children and deal with daily basis struggle. I have a few of friends experience this, and I must say even though it's tough they made it.

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    1. There are a lot of single parents doing great jobs of raising their kids, doing the best that they can.

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  4. Wonderful tips! All so very important. I was a single parent once upon a time ago, only for 2 years, but it was tough! It's always great to have some support around and to keep a positive attitude! - Jeanine

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    1. Oh you do need all the support you can find when you are all alone and keeping that positive attitude is a must.

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  5. Love the part about a support system. I would want my friends to reach out if they needed me. So important to know who you can count on for help.

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    1. Yes that's true Terri. You do need people to be there for you, especially when things are tough.

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  6. I love the "treat children like children" part- it takes a brave and humble person to recognize when they are leaning too heavily on the oldest, and then change it.

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    1. Yes it does, sometimes we may do it without realizing that we are but once you do, you should be able to put a stop to it.

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  7. All of these are so true. I found that you need to take time for yourself religiously as you can not be a great parent and deal with the stress of 'doing it all' when your kid is around - it's not fair to them. You will be a better parent if you do this

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    1. You do need to take time for yourself, even if you aren't a single parent.

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  8. These tips are so great and so encouraging, I am not a single parent and can only image how hard it would be and that unknown stress that could come along with it. I strongly agree with the support system and creating a network (esp if you can connect with other single parents would be so essential).

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    1. Oh it is very hard. You're doing everything on your own with the help and support from the other parent, but it makes you a stronger parent.

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  9. I definitely think being a single parent is the hardest. While I'm not a single mom, I did have a period of time where I felt like I was a single mom when my husband was away. I was surprised to experience a lot of feelings of lack of confidence mainly (very often I felt like I yearned for my partner's opinions and was a little scared of what to do myself especially when my child was ill). I definitely think having a support system is very important.

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    1. Oh yes you're going to need a support system, whether you're single or married like I am.

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  10. What fantastic tips! I have always admired single parents. My grandmother was a single mother and she worked so hard to take care of my mother and aunt, and build our family.

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    1. Your grandmother sounds like a really strong woman and I'm sure she was having to raise her family all by herself.

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