Parenting is one of the most difficult decisions one can make, and yet, it is necessary for a parent to have children. With the rising cost of raising children alone, more parents are making the choice to parent themselves. Although this option allows them to take responsibility for their children, many single parent households do not find success because the care of their children suffer.
One of the key elements in the success of a single-parent household is the amount of time that is allocated to care for children. The amount of time your child spends with you will determine how well you parent because you can’t be home every day, every hour of every day, and there are many factors which will affect the care of your child. Children of single mothers often lack both social networks and structure, which can lead them to trust their parents less and become more manipulative.
Being a single parent is lonely. It’s important to understand that your children will not be around as much with you as they would be with two or more other family members. There are going to be many instances when the other members of your family may leave the home. That leaves you, the sole caretaker.
If you’re the sole breadwinner in your household, you must recognize your need to learn how to juggle work and home. Learning to juggle multiple responsibilities can be a difficult skill to master. You need to set aside some time each day to help your child with school assignments, prepare meals, help with homework, and so on. Even if you are able to do all of these things on your own, it is still important to periodically ask for help with chores or just simply to talk with your child about things going on in his or her life. You’ll be surprised at how much support your child will need.
In order to better take care of your child (Ren), it’s important that you also get out and enjoy the great outdoors as often as possible. Going back to the days when you were a single parent will be difficult, but you will be pleasantly surprised at just how much more time you’ll have with your children. Try taking your children on a camping trip. Camping trips allow you to interact with nature and get in touch with your childhood self.
Solo parenting is definitely not for everyone. There are certainly times when it would not be a good idea to be the parent. However, if you are looking for a change of pace from a marriage that doesn’t provide you and your children the necessary security and stability, try out single parenting. You might be pleasantly surprised at how your life changes for the better. Just don’t expect it to be a walk in the park.