When you think of self-sufficient you would say it means being able to do it all on your own, without help from anyone. Take a second to look at your daily routine. Is that really realistic? Even the most successful people rely on others for support, from parents who are willing to babysit, to friends who are willing to teach you how to change the oil in your car. You’re doing it all on your own, it can be challenging to figure out how to build a support system for yourself and your kids.
As you prepare for the school year, take a look at a few starting points to help build your circle. Think of the people who come to mind who will be able to help or point you in the direction of another resource, even if they aren’t able to help themselves.
Who Do You Trust?
If you had to leave your kids with someone right now, who would you call? The answer provides a pretty good indication of who you trust. Most likely, this list will be family members who live nearby, as well as your closest friends and neighbors. With school starting soon this would be the person you would call to help with pick up if you are running late from work.
Who Do You Respect or Hold in High Regard?
There might be people in your life who you don’t know very well, but who you have a lot of respect for. These individuals might be excellent sources of help. This person maybe able to help you make decisions that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to make based on your level of stress.
Who in the Community Might Be Able to Help?
Is there a church or support group nearby? How about other single parents in your children’s class or neighborhood? These people will be willing to support you just make sure to be clear and willing to help them in any way as well.
You’ve begun to build a support system. Start contacting these individuals as soon as possible to share your need and even if they can’t help you themselves at this time, they may be able to point you in the direction of others who can. Stay connected with Single Parent Advocate. Check out our closed Group created as a message board for Single Parent to communicate and give advice.
Single Parent Advocate is actively gathering school supplies for registered single parent families in the DFW area. Would you support these families? There are 3 ways to help:
1. Click Here and join donors by making an online financial donation today
2. Click Here to Volunteer at our backpack stuffing or distribution gatherings in August
3. Purchase and deliver suggested supplies at one fo the locations below
Together we can make a big difference! Thank you for your support!!