There are many variations of single parenthood. There are single parents that are truly the lone person responsible for the well-being of their children and others who have assistance via the child’s other parent or various family members. Some single parents’ situations are the result of a break up or divorce. There’s also the subset of single parents that are single by choice. No matter what your circumstances are, the fact remains the same- you are a single parent.
Too many times single parents take the “single” in the situation to the extreme. We place the responsibility, commitment and sometimes pain of being a single parent all on ourselves, but what for? With a growing number of single parents in the US alone, surely there is another person in your social circle or on your block that is experiencing the same things you do. It’s time for single parents to build a network to help us get the support we need. Over the next few days we’ll look at easy ways to build your single parent network. Let’s get started!
1. 1. Let go off past hurts.
We all know that becoming a single parent, especially unplanned, can leave you with emotional scars that take years to heal. Feelings of abandonment, betrayal, and other emotions can harden your heart to people who are sharing the same experiences as you are. However, it’s time to release past emotions to make room for the new relationships you’ll be building in your life. The stress and burden of harboring past hurts can manifest itself into all types of mental and physical illnesses and make you an unhappy person overall. Thus, you won’t be able to fully take care of your child, which is really what this is all about right?
Stay tuned for the next tip on how to build a single parent network!