To be a single parent means to be a multi-tasking dynamo who puts bread on the table, reads bedtime stories, and stay up late doing laundry, all without the support of a mate. What is something single parents must do?
“Abolish ‘guilt’ from your vocabulary: It’s always easy for single parents to feel guilty about the time they don’t have or the things they can’t do or provide for their children,” notes Laura Broadwell in Parenting.com. “But for your own sense of well-being, it’s better to focus on all the things you do accomplish on a daily basis and on all the things you do provide — and don’t forget about all the love, attention, and comfort you’re responsible for!”
And if it’s not working, don’t go it alone. “If you’re feeling guilty about a divorce or other disruption in your home life, think about joining a support group for other divorced parents,” Broadwell emphasizes. “Focus on helping your child (and yourself) get the help you need.”