Reasons for single parenting

The Various Reasons For Single Parenting

If you are or are about to become a single parent, you may think that you are alone. The worry of having to provide solely for your children off of your own income, can be overwhelming. There are numerous reasons for single parenting but irregardless of the reason, know that you are not alone. To […]

Grants for Single Mothers

Single Mother State Grants

For information about grants for single mothers, education, housing, healthcare, childcare and other assistance available to you, select your state from the dropdown above or visit our page on government grants for single parents.

Money and Finances

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Low Cost Grocery Shopping Tips

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food benefits for single mothers

Food Benefits for Single Mothers

There are a number of food benefits for single mothers and single parents in general that are available in this country. This article is here to provide you with an outline of some of the better known options but remember that this s not a comprehensive account of what you can expect if you are […]

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In Search of the Best Community Resources for Single Parents

The best community resources for single parents need to be found and taken advantage of when marriages and other familial relationships don’t work out and become something that single parents have to leave behind. Whatever causes the need to separate from your spouse, it can mean finding oneself in unanticipated financial hot water. With children […]

Single Parenting Advice and Support

Single parenting is probably one of the toughest jobs any person could have. Whether you're a single mother or a single father doesn't matter, you are bound to face some challenges on your journey of raising your child or children alone. You'll have to be a caring and nurturing mother and a disciplining and stabilizing father all in the same day and move seamlessly between these roles! Being a single parent is hard work, but it can also be one of the most rewarding roles you will ever accept.

Regardless of your reasons for being a single parent, we hope to provide you with information, advice, tips and support to help you navigate the challenges of parenting a child alone. Start by exploring some of our popular single parenting articles and please leave us your comments and feedback.

Challenges Single Parents Face

Parenthood is a challenge in itself and as a single parent the challenges are often multiplied. As a single mother, you are faced with an emotional overload of balancing the priorities of your child or children and those of your own. Single mothers often put themselves second to their children and neglect their own emotional needs. It is crucial as a single parent to ensure you do not neglect your own needs as you are the sole care taker.

As a single parent it is also challenging to be the sole provider financially. Balancing a job or a career while being the single parent is no mean feat, and a support system can prove to be very helpful. Having friends or extended family members willing to help can alleviate many challenges being faced. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Responsibility overload as a single mother means you are the one making all the decisions and making sure your child's needs are being met. Juggling work, the household and parenting can feel like a large mountain to climb but by asking for help from extended family or friends might turn that mountain into a hill.

Getting Help as a Single Mother

Being a single mom or single dad, you may need financial help. In the case of a divorce, if you were previously a stay-at-home mom during the marriage, you may not have a job and the financial support you receive from your ex-husband might not be enough. Being a single parent can lead to many options.

Single mothers or single fathers living in the U.S. has access to many grants, and can find grants through the federal government, state government, as well as accessing the private sector, colleges and businesses. Applying for a loan as a single parent might be an option. Alternatively, if you would like to further your education and obtain a degree, you can apply for a government grant or scholarship. Working from home or earning money on line could alleviate your day to day stresses of balancing single parenting and a job. Any benefits, tax credits and related government-sponsored assistance are given 100% to the primary carer if the secondary parent does not have the ability to financially care for their child.

As a single parent who has suddenly become single after an acrimonious divorce, the new title of being a single mother can be rather alien - sounding and perhaps a little daunting. You can go online and receive help by talking to other single mothers or single fathers in similar situations. There are many websites available about single parenting advice where you can reach out for information and support. Sharing single parenting experiences through discussion boards, blogs and forums will make you feel you are not alone.

Supporting Single Parent Families

Being a parent in a two parent household is hard enough, having to play the mother and father role in a single parent family can be overwhelming and challenging. There is no reason to go through this alone. There are numerous support groups and other single parents that have or are going through the same thing. If you feel like you can't cope or if you need some assistance, make use of some of our articles and information we have on our site. Not only do we offer a sounding board for you on any of our comment threads, but we also help with many of the small things that can often make you feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Remember, families come in all shapes and sizes and ultimately, what defines a single parenting family like any other family is love, commitment and care.

Book Reviews

The Complete Single Mother book review

The Complete Single Mother

One of the most popular single parenting books in this day and age for single mothers who are wondering how to deal with the stress of raising children on their own. Being a single mother is not an easy job, and there is no shame in looking for help from an excellent resource such as this book.

the Courage to be a Single Mother book review

The Courage to Be a Single Mother

There are a great many challenges that a single mother is faced with, but one of the worst is the feeling of incompleteness that you may experience after the divorce has gone through. In this book by Sheila Ellison you will be able to work towards feeling whole again.

Single Moms Raising Sons book review

Single Moms Raising Sons

One of the biggest challenges for single mothers is how to raise their sons if there is no man around to serve as an appropriate role model. Boys need to learn how to be good men, and it is very difficult for a woman to achieve this if she is working on her own.