Single Parent Families can be strong and lead healthy families.
Children who grow up in single parent homes learn to assume responsibility
and they learn to appreciate the things that parents work hard to provide.
The Lord is my Shepherd there is nothing I shall want. Psalm 23: 1
Children and parents in single parent homes develop self-reliance.
The children who have only one parent, self–concepts are strengthened.
Most of the future strength comes from within the family.
Children in single parent families gain a special understanding of adults.
The child is often confided in and the child develops empathy and an ability to comfort the parent.
Single parents still need friends of their own for support.
Keeping a Balance
It’s important to remember that you are only one person.
Here are some tips:
1. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
2. Take time for yourself.
3. Have at least three ways to reduce your stress.
4.Develop a long list of baby-sitters.
5. Develop a budget and stick with it.
6. Communicate openly and honestly with your children.
7. Listen carefully to your child’s feelings.
8. Set goals for yourself and work towards them.
9. Create some private time for yourself.
10. Maintain structure and routines for your children.
Positive Effect of Single Parenting #2: Experiencing Community
- Join a single parent support group.
- Get involved in your child’s school.
Positive Effect of Single Parenting #3: Shared Responsibilities
1. Praise your children for helping out around the home.
2.Let the children know you recognize their efforts.
Positive Effect of Single Parenting #4: Handling Conflict and Disappointment
1. Respond witih your children disappointment with support, encouragement and empathy.
2. View the experiences as a valuable growth opportunities.
Positive Effect of Single Parenting #5: Seeing Real-Life, Balanced Priorities
1. Help your children balance their own needs and wants.
2. Teach the children to express their needs while considering others.
Have a good week,