Giving birth and raising a child is always a challenge.
People all over the world are buoyed down when faced with the responsibility of
parenthood. But when you have your spouse at your side you feel a lot confident
as you are assured of the presence of an emotional support. Single parenthood
is a huge challenge in itself as you have to deal with the situation where you
have lost your loved one and at the same time, you need to take up the
responsibilities of rearing the child and life as a whole. The challenges get
multiplied by themselves.
The first challenge is to deal with the family all by
yourself, where you need to fulfill the responsibility of both. You need to
make all the decisions all by yourself, you need to ensure that all the
requirements of your family are met, you need to deal with the overload of
tasks that too efficiently, meet your career responsibilities and above all,
deal with your emotional over load, not to overlook the emotional requirements
of your baby.
For a single parent, these challenges appear in a series, in
combination or even alone. Whatever the situation, there is no denying the fact
parenting is full of challenges. You need to seek out options where you
find a solution to deal with these challenges as they can easily lead you to anxiety
Have a quick look at the common challenges briefly explained.
Scheduling - As
mentioned earlier, a single parent is flustered with heaps of responsibilities.
They are thus required to juggle them all through a hectic schedule. Keeping
afloat with the schedule is in itself a huge challenge.
Balancing – A
single parent has to balance work and home all the more. Workplace is a whole
new world of professional responsibilities. Then you need to take care of the
child, provide them with all that they need, including your time and at the
same time teach them to evolve as a disciplinarian by being a friend to them is
an added challenge.
Financial – Financial
problem is perhaps one of the biggest challenges faced by a single parent.
You cannot be a stay at home mom or dad as you need to think of the expenses.
Thereby you cannot spend all your time for rearing the child even if you
believe that staying with the child throughout his growing up years is
important. The challenge magnifies if you are not very well off. It is a tough
job to plan your entire expenses and yet have a savings through a single
Finding a childcare
support – Since you need to go to work you need to make adequate
arrangement for a child minder. The person needs to be reliable as well as competent.
It is indeed a challenge to find such a person especially when you do not have a
proper support system from your extended family.
Being There for Your Child
Apart from juggling with the regular household chores, you must be there
when your child needs you. It is a challenge to adjust your schedule and be
completely involved with your child’s school activities. Your parenting skills,
patience and understanding will constantly be put to test and it is a big
challenge to instill discipline in your kids while you have to spend most of
your hours outdoors.
Further, you need to ensure that the child does not feel isolated or ignored
as it can spell doom for their all-round development. But as the child grows
up, your difficulties will fade away with the decrease of certain
responsibilities which you can share with the child and as his maturity level
develops, he will also act an emotional support that a single parent so
desperately craves for.