Mothers and fathers become single parents for many reasons. Sometimes it is a choice, but for others it’s simply the cards life has dealt them. Whatever the reasons behind the reality, being a single parent is both a gift and an obstacle course. Instead of two people taking on the responsibility of raising a child, one parent has to become both a mom and a dad. This is no easy undertaking, and finding adequate support and encouragement are part of being a strong single parent. While it’s possible to raise a child independently, there is no reason for any parent to face every hardship completely alone.
Fortunately, there are several avenues of help available to those who are raising children as single parents. One of the ways to raise a happy and well-rounded child is to provide an example of what that looks like. In order to do that, it’s essential that a single parent take the time to take care of themselves as well. This means paying attention to the areas of your life that may require a helping hand or a little extra attention. Without a partner in the picture, many single parents find that having a social life is more important and yet harder than ever. Additionally, knowing where to turn for financial and emotional help can be frustrating and scary. Being a parent is an honorable calling in life and everyone deserves access to helpful information when it comes to doing your job well. With that said, here are some great resources for single parents looking for answers.
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[dropcap2]S[/dropcap2]ocial circles and cyber-connections
The beauty of the Internet and modern technology lies in its accessibility. As a single parent, you are inevitably pressed for time, and meeting a friend for coffee in the afternoon could feel like an event of the far-away past. Luckily, there are a vast number of single parent websites that cater to every social need you may be have. Sites such as singleparentnetwork.com and singlemoms.org are run by others who have been through or are experiencing the same situation and have lived to tell the tale.
Each of these sites includes support chat forums, shopping and money saving tips, newsletters, education information, and career advice, as well as helpful financial resources. If you don’t feel like you are getting out of the house enough, these sites can be a mini virtual vacation in to a social realm where others understand what you’re going through because they’re going through it too.
[dropcap2]F[/dropcap2]inding inspiration in others
If you don’t have time to chat with other single parents regularly online, you might find singlerose.com a quick and helpful stop for some much needed inspiration. Featuring a single mom of the week, this site lets you see what other single parents are doing to survive. Being uplifted through the stories of others is a great way to get motivated when the strains of parenting feel a little too heavy.
[dropcap2]G[/dropcap2]etting down to the basics
Sometimes as a single parent, it’s the basic needs of life that can leave you feeling flustered. Income, housing, medical assistance… these are all topics that take on a new meaning when you raise a child independently. Each state offers it’s own resources that single parents may find helpful ranging from infant feeding programs to affordable housing options. There are also plenty of scholarships available for single parents wanting to continue their education. About.com is an easy to reach and very helpful resource when it comes to searching for what your state has to offer. Follow the state links to find great state-specific information on resources, laws, and guidelines to getting the help you need and deserve.
[dropcap2]T[/dropcap2]alking it out together
Parenting alone doesn’t have to mean being alone. Every single parent needs to spend some time around other single parents in order to validate their efforts and release some pent up energy! All across the United States, single parents have formed meet-up groups to accomplish exactly this. Finding a group to join is as easy as a visit to singleparents.meetup.com. Here you’ll find a listing of hundreds of single parent groups that meet regularly or on an as-needed basis in your city. It’s important to be around and interact with other people who face the same challenges on a daily basis. For moms with young children, MOPS is a fantastic way to get connected; they also have a Teen MOPS program that is specifically geared toward young mothers.
The best way to start your day as a single parent is with the energy and motivation you’ll need to carry you through the rough spots. You’re child looks to you for love, guidance and support. Taking the time to remember why you are the most important person in their life will inspire you to start your days on the right foot. Visit dailyinspirationalquotes.net