In the first article in this series about the importance of embracing other single parents around you and building a strong, supportive network, the first step featured was letting go of past hurts. Doing so allows you to have a fresh outlook on life, open your heart to new relationships, and spread positive energy to those around you. You can't build a solid network without positive energy!
Now that you've followed step one of the process, move on to step two.
Look around you!
As stated in the first post of this series, the number of single parents is steadily rising in the US. Chances are that amongst your friends, cousins, sisters, church members, or coworkers, someone else is a single parent. Are you listening when they confide in you? Do you repeatedly find yourself saying “Yes, I know EXACTLY what you mean! The same thing has happened with me!” Grab a latte or a glass of wine and talk about it! I’m sure you've encountered the friendly woman who has a child in your son or daughter’s class, but you've never thought to set up a play date and just get to know her. She may tell you about an awesome, convenient gym she just joined or a new book she’s reading that’s changing her life. Encourage your peers to go back to school or tell a fellow single parent about a new job posting you found that would suit him or her. Building a single parent network is just as simple as seeing past your own nose and striving to make genuine connections with other parents just like you.
Remember, creating a single parent network helps benefit you, other parents and your children. Put steps one and two into action. Step three of the process will be featured in the next post of this series!