Single Parent – A Tough Job
There is no doubt that being a single parent is one of the toughest jobs around. Whether you are a single parent due to divorce, death, or giving birth outside of marriage, you are traveling a tough road. It is equally difficult whether you are the divorced mom or dad, who does or does not have custody. Each single parent family has its own unique challenges.
There are struggles of balancing work, childcare, housework, children’s activities, and visitation schedules. You’d also like some free time for your own needs.
Certainly, financial struggles are usually among the biggest of concerns, particularly for a custodial parent. Unfortunately, the delinquent child support statistics add to these concerns. All the while, in the midst of each of these struggles, the children and their needs for attention, quality time, guidance, and day-to-day care seem overwhelming. It seems every facet of life is a juggling act.
Single Parent – The Stories
The following stories describe some of the difficulties of single parenting from different viewpoints:
Single Parent – Finding Help
One of the best things a single parent can do is seek out a good support system. Many single parents are states away from family support. If you don’t have the near-by support of a loving family, develop special relationships with others. These relationships can be with other parents who are in the same situation or within a church family. There are many single parent groups who share babysitting, outings, and other services.