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Support for Single Parents


It is very difficult to raise a child as a single parent. However, few support options can work wonders for dealing with single parenting issues. Read on to find about the support options for single parents.


Being a single parent can be challenging and exhausting at the same time. Challenging because not only does the family have to survive on a single income but the emotional issues too have to be handled solely by one parent.

In a normal family there is always an option of taking turns for almost everything. Cooking, cleaning, dropping the child to school- all duties and responsibilities can be divided. Both the partners have the option of discussing things out with another since both would be equally interested in the welfare of their children.


Support Options for Single Parents

Following are some support options for single parents:


Single Parents’ Network

The difficulties faced by single parents can be understood totally only by another single parent. Hence it is very useful for single parents to get help and support of others in a similar position. The tedious journey of single parenting can be made somewhat easy by having a support network of single parents who can rely on each other for emotional support when the going gets tough.


School Support Group

Another excellent support alternative for single parents is to form a single parent group by drawing members of their children’s school. Within the base group, a number of subgroups each focusing on a specific aspect can be formed. These sub groups can focus on issues like

a)      Support for the single parents

 

b)      Therapy groups for children of single parents

 

c)      Childcare coops,

 

d)     Lectures & seminars for both parents and children,

 

e)      Social outings for the single parent families

 

f)       Emotional and career support network.

At regular intervals such groups can organize consulting and counseling sessions for both parents and children. In extreme cases where the children/ parent need to undergo therapy it can be organized at the group level.


Organisations Offering Financial or Emotional Assistance

There are a number of social organizations which provide both physical as well as emotional support to single parents in the form of counseling or therapy. These organizations have wealth of experience in handling single parent issues which can be really valuable for families who may have separated recently or have small children to look after.


Prayer Group

Single parents are often sleep deprived and normally do not get the much needed time for relaxing or socializing. In addition to pleasure most single parents miss out on simple things like meditation and prayer which are great stress relievers. Spiritual practices can be really effective for exhausted single parents.

Joining a prayer group that meets regularly and allows children also to participate will be really useful under such circumstances. In addition to providing spiritual support, prayer meetings provide single parents a chance to get out of their routine and interact with others socially.


Online forums

The present digital age has provided numerous solutions for a number of day to day problems that we encounter in our lives. By scouting the internet today it is possible to identify online chat forums in which single parents can participate and interact with others like them. The forums provide an opportunity for the single parents to vent out their frustration and discuss single parenting issues openly.

Single parenting is not easy- it is a choice made by individuals due to unfavorable circumstances and issues beyond their control. By having a network of like minded friends, support of online forums, social organizations and participating in prayer meetings a single parent will be able to tide through the tough times of raising children single handedly.

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