Surviving A Lonely Christmas Without Your Partner

For many reasons people may find themselves spending a lonely Christmas this year without their partners. This is one of the hardest periods of the year to face alone, especially as it is usually meant to be a time for friends and family to enjoy together. Although it is very difficult to get through, there are many techniques and strategies that can be used to make the festive season substantially more bearable. Creating a support group of friends and family who understand what you are going through and who are willing to be with you over this difficult time can, for example, help … [Read more...]

Help Your Children Get Through A Single Parent Christmas

There are many challenges that face single parents, but having a single parent Christmas may be one of the worst. This is a time for family, but when your family is broken it can be an emotionally difficult (as well as a financially difficult) part of the year to get through. However, there are ways and means of helping you and your children through Christmas with you as a single parent. Tip 1: Create A Support Group It is very important that you do not spend your Christmas alone, especially in your first year of being a single parent. Even spending Christmas with your children only, if … [Read more...]

I See My Ex Over Christmas For The Sake Of My Children

Being a single parent can be particularly difficult over the holiday period. Sometimes it is difficult to decide which is worst: allowing the children to spend Christmas with your ex or agreeing to see your ex over the holiday periods for the sake of the children. There are advantages to making Christmas a family day, at least as long as you and your ex do not have other partners. By maintaining a similar Christmas atmosphere to the one that you always had when you were one family, you make the whole situation easier for your kids. There are some tips that can be recommended to help you … [Read more...]

Advice On Helping Children Cope With Death

Death is something that we will all have to deal with in our lives, and unfortunately many adults are faced with how to help children cope with death. Children react to loss and death differently to what adults do, and the way they manifest their grief can also be very different to how others do. Most children will deal with death for the first time when a beloved family pet dies, and it is important that you understand how to help children cope with death from a young age. Dealing with the death of a pet is traumatic, but dealing with the loss or death of a family member, especially if it … [Read more...]

Single Parents And The Chore Battle

As a single parent there are already a number of things on your plate that you have to cope with. One of the top problems that single parents report when it comes to conflictual situations with their children is the issue of single parenting and chores. Convincing children of any age to do chores can be difficult, but it must be done as chores teach important life skills. Tips For Single Parenting And Chores Tip 1 The first tip is to involve your children in the decision making processes that surround chores and to communicate to them that their efforts are vitally important to the … [Read more...]

How To Cope As A Single Parent With Multiple Children

When you are a single parent of multiple children you really have your work cut out for you, but all is not lost if you keep your head about you and follow some really simple tips to make the best of your and your children's lives. According to African tradition it takes a village to raise a child; many single parents feel as if that is true as they struggle to make sense of their new status as single parents. According to a report released by the US Census Bureau, there were approximately 14 million single parents raising around 22 million children in the United States in 2009. No matter … [Read more...]

Interesting Things To Make With Your Children

What many single moms and dads find very useful in terms of keeping their children busy as well as bonding with them is having arts and crafts for single parents and kids sessions. These sessions can be used as a way for everyone to have fun as well as a way for you and your child to connect. The trick is to think of things that are original. The stranger the art or craft activity that you propose, the more interested your child is likely to be in cooperating with the endeavor. Origami If your kids are old enough to handle the skill level required origami is a great way to keep them … [Read more...]

Tips For Coping With A Newborn As A Single Mother

Bringing a newborn baby home is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges parents face, as they have to re-structure theirs lives to fit around a tiny little person. Many couples struggle with the adaptation, and as a single mother those challenges are doubled. Whether you have decided to go into a pregnancy as a single parent, or whether circumstances have meant that you are now the sole-carer, there are some great tips on newborns for single mothers and how to manage this overwhelming, yet precious transition. Be Prepared Whilst we know all newborns come with different sets of … [Read more...]

Surviving Your New Role As A Single Parent

Raising a child alone can be a daunting task no matter how well equipped you think you may be, and it can help immensely to equip yourself with information that will make the transition to ‘newly single parent’ a little easier. There will undoubtedly be moments where you feel that you don’t have the answers to many of your questions, but the most important thing to consider and keep in mind is the integral role you are now playing in your child’s life. This can be hugely rewarding and setting up a support base for both you and your children will enable you to survive those harder moments, and … [Read more...]

Single Parent Challenges

There are a number of single parent challenges that you may have already encountered, and there are some which you have yet to overcome. Being a single mother or single father will not be easy, but it needn’t be hard either, as there are a number of ways in which you can handle the challenges that come your way on a daily basis. Dealing with the Emotional Roller Coaster As a single parent you will be expected to do everything alone. There will be no other caregiver available to give you the emotional support that you need on a regular basis. This means that you will have a lot of emotions … [Read more...]

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