9 Ways to Cope As a Single Parent

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Parenting is not an easy task, and if you are a single parent, it becomes tougher to raise your child all alone.

Bringing up children alone can be very stressful unless you know how to become a better parent.

I’ve lots of friend’s and a few family members who are single moms or single dads, and yet they are raising their children so well.

Hats-off to all such parents for managing their kids single-handed! I think they inspire people like you and me, isn’t it?

Today’s post is dedicated to every single mother and single father for doing such a great job of raising their children in the best possible way.

So, if you are a single parent, or have been a child raised by a single parent, or know someone who is parenting alone, you might find this post useful.

With changing times and the often seen breakup in families, single parenting has become quite common, especially in places like the United States, where even the divorce rates are pretty high.

Other reasons like personal circumstances, abandonment, and sometimes even death can leave a parent alone to handle and cope with the nurturing, challenges, care-giving, joys, and sorrows meant to be shared by two.

However, single parents, even though they face many challenges while raising their children, do a very good job of it.

“Being a single parent is twice the work, twice the stress and twice the tears but also twice the hugs, twice the love and twice the pride.” ~ Unknown

Let’s try to understand all that they go through briefly here.

Challenges a Single Parent Faces

Single parenthood can be very overwhelming and stressful at times because you have to raise your kids on your own, without your partner.

According to psychologists, single parents are very overwhelmed initially, which can often lead to problems with disciplining their child. In most cases, the parents become too strict or too lenient.

If one of the parents feels guilty for the separation or death of the other parent, then such parents at times avoid disciplining their kids.

Or they become lenient with house rules, and try to overcompensate their children with gifts.

I have an aunt who lost her husband, and to compensate for his loss, she spoilt her kids by giving them anything they asked for. Disciplining them was a far cry for her!

Parents without partners face many challenges while bringing up their children, yet they raise them to the best of their abilities.

If you are a single parent, then perhaps these are some of the common challenges you might be facing –

Fatigue and stress, due to having the sole responsibility to take care of your child, especially the day-to-day child care and development.

Persistent worry and disturbed mental peace because you feel there’s lack of a perfect parental role model for your child due to a missing parent.

Discipline problems handling your child, especially if you’re working or have existing unmanageable work load.

Inadequate emotional support to your child, which could result in behavioral problems in your child. Not to mention that if you have a teen, then parenting teenagers is a difficult task!

• Raising a child and juggling between work, might leave you socially isolated with hardly any friends to share or discuss things with.

• Face lack of adequate financial support or income, and even less access to health care.

This list of challenges that a single parent faces can be endless, and I may not be the best person to talk about it as only the single mom or single dad going through it all, would know more about it.

It might be tougher than what you or I think. But just as there are challenges in life, there are also solutions or ways you can use to overcome such challenges.

Single mother showing the way of parenting for single parents

Ways to Cope With Challenges for Single Parents

It’s not only single parents  but any parent who faces many challenges while parenting.

No matter what, as a general rule, you need to remember to take care of yourself first and reduce the stress due to the parenting challenges.

Here are some ways that can help parents, especially parents without partners, to cope with the challenges of single parenting –

1- Look after yourself

I place this point right on top because parents without their partners are known to ignore themselves as they have a very busy life.

But if you don’t take care of yourself, you might not be able to take care of your kid’s, so the choice is always in your hand.

Try to include physical activities as part of your daily routine. Ensure you get plenty of sleep because sleep deprivation can lead to various other health issues. Also, eat a healthy and well-balanced diet.

Take a break occasionally and go out with friends or other family members – you deserve that bit of an outlet!

2- Follow a routine

As a single parent, you need to play the part of both the parents, while you are at home or at work – to sustain yourself and your family.

Thus, you need to follow a proper routine where you schedule a proper time for your children’s homework, bedtime, mealtime, and other tasks.

This is important because it helps create an automated schedule so that your child also knows what to expect when. More so, you can also take out time for doing other tasks that need your attention.

3- Take out quality family time

Parenting alone takes a lot of your time, but you need to take out time for your child and ensure you are with him or her – whenever need be.

Even otherwise, make sure you are ‘with’ them. Simple things like just sit with them, read, cook, play, watch TV, or perhaps take up any activity that you both enjoy doing together.

Don’t forget to show your unconditional love by appreciating their little efforts, and help them cope with change in their life. Remember, it’s not easy for them too.

You need to give them double the love of both parents, by showing your support always. You have just each other, so make the best of it 🙂

4- Be reasonable

Single parenting also means you need to be a little more considerate at times, while at other times have a large heart. Yes, you need to discipline your kids, but do it with love.

Explain to your child the rules you lay out and all that you expect them to follow. Things like picking up their toys or clothes from the floor or bed, talking respectfully, or helping you if need be, do help.

If you are a single mom or single dad, you need to keep a limit to the time your child is online, or set a limit to their computer time.

Or at times become strict with them and stop the usage of what they like – just to bring them back on line!

5- Be careful

If you have more than one child, usually the older sibling is a great help and learns to take care of the younger one.

But you cannot entirely rely on them to do so, nor can you trust a new friend or other family members entirely with your children, unless you know them very well.

So, if you send your child to day care, ensure that the people there are qualified, and they provide a safe and secure environment.

On the other hand, if you have someone to baby-sit or look after your child in your absence, ensure he or she is trustworthy.

You also need to be prepared to handle emergencies by keeping your first aid ready at home. Preparing a list of emergency numbers of family and friends can help in your hour of need.

6- Seek help

Just because you are parents without partners doesn’t mean you have to do everything alone!

There are many single parenting support groups, social networking sites that you can join, or seek social service if you want. Or perhaps you can build or join a community of like minded solo parents.

Sharing your life with other single mothers and single fathers, or calling a trusted loved one, friendly neighbor, or family for help does no harm.

In fact, you get to learn much more from each other and can share your joys and sorrows with parents who sail in the same boat as you do.

7- Be financially stable

Single parenthood means you need to first adjust to a new lifestyle, and the sooner you get used to it, the better. You’ve to educate and learn how to make yourself financially secure.

Take into account – your retirement, education, investments, and saving for the holidays too, which are important stress busters.

Being a single mom or single dad also means that you need to cater to the expenses. Write down all that you spend weekly, so that you know how much money you are spending and saving.

Take into account the unexpected costs that suddenly show up, and save money for emergencies. Make sure you’re getting all that you’re entitled like child benefit, tax credits, and income support, etc.

There are many tools such as tax estimators and calculators, budgeting programs, and expense trackers available online that can assist with this.

8- Remain positive

Single parenting can be a roller coaster ride, and it’s alright to have occasional mood swings. However, don’t let your attitude and mood swings affect your child.

Instead, be open and share your feelings with them. If they are old enough, they will understand and support you, and if they are young ones, just tell them it’s been a difficult day for you.

You’d be surprised as to the way even the younger children understand things because they see all that you go through.

Reassure them that things will get better. Remember, they are children and need to feel secure, which happens only through your words and actions.

9- Don’t feel guilty

There are times when single parents might have thoughts about depriving their child of the other parents love, and that’s very normal.

If you have a meltdown and find yourself in tears – don’t worry! Gather yourself, and accept that such is life and gather your inner strength once again.

Don’t blame yourself for things that have happened! Perhaps it was the best possible solution and meant to be. Nor should you spoil your child by trying to make up for being a single parent.

“Raising a family is difficult enough. But it’s even more difficult for single parents struggling to make ends meet. They don’t need more obstacles. They need more opportunities.” ~ Bill Richardson

Single parenthood can be really tough. Striking the right work life balance, accompanied with the needs of your children can be tough on one parent. Here are some more tips that can help you –

Single Parenting Tips to Help You

Some single parenting tips that might help single moms and single dads that I’ve noticed a few of my family and friend’s use –

• Be honest with your children. Let them know about the changes in your life.

• Don’t try to be the perfect parent. Accept the fact that you cannot be both parents. Just do your best.

• Avoid taking out your anger on your children.

• Let your children help you with small age appropriate chores around the house. You’d be surprised at the amount they’d be able to do, which would be a great help to you as well.

• Listen to your children and give them your undivided attention when they talk. You need to bond better so that your child will open up with you completely.

Setting boundaries for your children helps them understand things they can do and those they can’t.

• Choose a place where kids are challenged to think about their bad behavior when you want them to be punished a little – time out time!

• Switch off the TV when they are doing their homework, and ensure that they don’t watch television during mealtimes. Make that a “Us Time”. 🙂

• Don’t be afraid to say no to things you cannot do, like volunteering for fundraising at your child’s school, or doing things that drain your energy.

• Plan out meals as well as your child’s lunches, well in advance. This saves you last minute hassles.

• Shop for groceries once a week so that you don’t spend time rushing to fetch things each time something finishes at home.

• Stock up your refrigerator with a few frozen, boxed-meals or fast-food meals, just for the days when you are really busy.

• Join single parenting support groups, forums, and websites where you get information, and advice. You can even use their online chat rooms to talk to other single parents. Studies indicate that parents who get support are able to use better parenting skills as compared to those who try to do it alone.

• If your ex is allowed to see your child, don’t make the meeting a bitter one. Nor should you fill up your child’s mind with negative thoughts about your ex, just because you have them. Yes, where money matters and maintenance is concerned, you need to talk those issues out.

• If you are dating, remember that your new partner will have an impact on your child. Wait to strengthen your relationship before you introduce your partner to your child. Your partner should treat you and your child with respect. Give them time to know each other and develop a relationship.

• Have fun! Single parenthood, we all know isn’t easy – but you have to ensure you and your child have your happy moments too, which keep the stress and worry away.

I’m sure you’d like this video single parents and the way they cope – short and sweet 🙂

Group Documentary on Single Parents ~ YouTube video 

Being a single parent is a challenging task.

But it can be a rewarding one if you can be honest with your child, remain positive, express your love, which can reduce the stresses of single parenting and help your child to become a better person.

Let me pep you up a little if you are parenting all alone. You do have the brighter side to see to, like – you are the boss, and there is no one you have to be answerable to, unlike normal parents!

You even have a good chance to get close to your kids because you’d have lots of time to bond together with them.
You’d also learn a great deal about yourself, in the moments when you are alone, which makes you a stronger, wiser, and a more independent parent.

“The best situation is being a single parent. The best part about is that you get time off, too, because the kids are with their mom, so it’s the best of both worlds. There’s a lot to be said for it.” ~ Larry David

What every single parent is doing alone IS commendable, and something both parents at time cannot even achieve. I think you are doing great for yourself – rise up and shine! 🙂

Over to you

If you are a single parent, or have been a child of a single parent – I encourage you to share your experience with others, so that they can benefit from yours. How do single parents cope? Share in the comments.

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  1. Naveen Kumar

    March 19, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Hi Harleena Mam,
    Loved this article 🙂
    I am agree with you that it is very hard to handle your family when you are single parent. Even when I think it shouts me that what they feel when they have to care of a child as single parents. It really give them much stress.
    But it is now your responsibility to care of your kids, so you need to take healthy decisions and need to make a proper plan so you can prove that your a the best dad or mom for your kid.
    AS you mention that you need to care yourself first only then you can care your kids.
    Thanks for the awesome post mam !!
    This post will really helpful for those who are dealing with kids as single parents.

    Have a great day 🙂
    Naveen

  2. Monu Kumar

    December 7, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Hi Harleena Singh,
    Today I am very emotional from this information. I hope you can understand.
    But, madam this is very inspirational information for me. I will do everything for my children’s. 😛
    In this article so many points are very inspirational and very useful for me.
    Now I will do planning for future. And I will do the hard work + smart work for the future.
    Thanks for Sharing 😛 🙂 😛
    Best Regards
    Monu Kumar

  3. Arelis Cintron

    December 17, 2013 at 2:09 am

    I can’t imagine being a single parent, but I think if it came down to it, I could do it. I know I’d definitely have to have a good support system in place!

  4. Carol B

    December 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    What a great and helpful post!

    Though I am not a single parent, I have several family members and friends who are, and I realize just how difficult it can be to juggle the needs of a family without a partner to help share that load. Going to pass your post along to them.

  5. Ahsan

    December 14, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Hello Harleena,

    As you said, parenting is always difficult task. For a new mother & father, it is more tougher. I think the main reason is that single family are increasing rapidly from joint family. Previously if you live in joint family for any help, you can take help from other members. But now its not possible.

    All the things you have to do alone. If husband & wife both do job, then life becomes hell to take care of new kid. I think its better to take home near other relative. So for any help, they can take help from other relative.

    Another thing, single parent must follow a routine to maintain the family. Although it is said that mother do most things of baby, father also try to help in this situation. Their joint help can make a better & happy family.

    Finally a very helpful resource for every new parent.

  6. Maggie

    December 14, 2013 at 6:02 am

    These are really wonderful suggestions. Taking care of yourself, sticking to a routine as much as possible, and accepting help is essential in my opinion. You did a great job with this, Harleena! Enjoy your weekend!

  7. Tanya

    December 14, 2013 at 4:49 am

    Great post, Harleena!

    Single parents have my admiration. They are unsung heroes with very full plates. While I am not a parent myself, I do remember being a kid and the handful I could be at times and I had both parents trying to keep me in line! A good reminder to be a little extra supportive and understanding to single parents and help out whenever possible.

  8. Manickam Vijayabanu

    December 12, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Very nice and thoughtful post. Indeed, it’s quite common these days and most of us face with this busy lifestyle. Due to job nature many families have engaged with Single parenting situation and it’s really a tough challenge to handle.

    I would say, If anyone could handle single parenting moments very well, they are absolutely capable to handle any difficult issue or problem in life. Perfect project leaders. Because the task hugely involved with, Time management, responsibility, courage, affection, engage, emotion, love, educate, learn, communicate and many more. Wow..Wonderful!.

    I can feel these days, As my wife puts up similar situations when I move out of town for business trips. Those weeks are really hectic and It’s really difficult to run the cycle successfully. We need lots of work around even with one kid! We always wonder how people could manage with 3-4 kids and run the show successfully. Simply great. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful post and have a good week end Harleena. 🙂

  9. Cathy Taughinbaugh

    December 11, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Wonderful post Harleena on being a single parent.

    I was a single parent for a period of time when my children were growing up. It is challenging and I could completely relate to the video. Being a single parent takes a lot of courage, patience and flexibility. It is so important to find a way to reach out and get along with your former spouse.

    I will add that because of my experience with my children’s substance abuse, I have since learned that the percentage is higher in divorced families that the kids will struggle with substance abuse. If parents can be aware of that and be even more proactive, it may protect their child from going down this path. There are no easy answers and everyone has to do what is best for their family, but just being aware, can help.

    Thank you for a very thorough and informational post!

  10. Latha

    December 10, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I am not even going to make an attempt to understand how a single parent copes. As a parent of two kids, I find it totally stressful at times to take care of their needs and mine and hubbys.
    There are good days and bad.
    This article is very helpful to understand how to handle issues as a parent. Thank you so much especially since it is helpful to know that their are many others struggling day to day.

  11. Jennifer Kennedy

    December 9, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I’m not a parent, so I can only comment based on my experience as a teacher and interacting with parents and students on a daily basis.

    I have to imagine that being a single parent is extremely tough! I know parenting in general is a lot of work. But, I saw a lot of parents that I worked with not follow rule #3! I know life gets busy, but spending time with your child is essential to their growth and development (both personal and social).

    One thing I suggest is creating a family “tradition” night. This can be any night of the week where you create a bonding time. That way both parent and child have something to look forward to! It can be a movie night, a date night, etc. But, it’s a standard “appointment” you have with your child.

  12. William Butler

    December 9, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    What a wealth of information you’ve provide here! A great resource for any single parent. A couple of observations and experiences to share with you.

    As to point 3, the key word is quality because paying attention to this aspect of time spent means you are creating quality future memories for your child(ren).

    When I was young, I wished that I had a stable, nuclear family. My childhood was one of orphanages, receiving homes, relatives I didn’t know for brief periods of time.

    The happiest year of my childhood was when I was 4 and lived with my
    father’s step-mother.

    By age 7, my father regained custody, remarried to a lady with 3 of her own. That’s when the abuse of every form started.

    When I confided in a “guidance counsellor” at school, she tape recorded
    my meetings with her under the guise of having her husband (a minister) listen to them. Instead, she played them to my step-mother, who inflicted more pain and punishment on me.

    The reason I share this is because parents need to understand how to control their emotions so they don’t do harm to their own children… which is why Point #6, having a support system is so important.

    I can only thank God for watching over me. I am headed of my past. What I’ve been through has taught me deep compassion for and understanding of others, hence my motto: BE LOVE TO OTHERS.

    I hope every single parent read your post.

    Warm Regards,
    Bill

  13. Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    December 8, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    You do a great job here of not only explaining the challenges facing single parents but also offering solutions. All parents want what is best for their children but single parents encounter the most challenges in providing for their children. You’re right that the challenges occur in many areas such as income, health care and judgment calls. Having someone to give you a reality check is important, when that can’t be your partner, try to find a trusted friend.

    I have only had a small taste of how it feels to be a single parent. When my husband was transferred to London he moved there three months before our daughters and I could get there. I had so much to do in arranging for an international move and getting the girls into an international school in London that we had to live here in the US for three months without my husband.

    All of the move details were stressful enough but the calamities kept coming. The worst was when my daughter contracted pneumonia and strep throat and had to be rush from the doctor’s office to the hospital emergency room via ambulance. Ironically, the window of the emergency room cubicle where my daughter was being treated overlooked the office building where my husband had worked until he left for London.

    All turned out well but I was so scared for my daughter and felt so alone with my husband thousands of miles away. When she was released from the hospital I had to call a friend to drive us back to the doctor’s office where my car was still parked.

    As difficult as that incident was, I realized that I was very fortunate to not have the worries about paying for the hospital visit as my husband was gainfully employed. No matter how bad it gets, someone else has it worse.

    I have quite a few friends who are single parents and I am always in awe of their devotion to their children. They do such an amazing job of parenting in spite of the challenges they face.

    I will be sharing this far and wide, Harleena, as I know it will help not only the parents but the children as well.

    • Harleena Singh

      December 9, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      Hi Carolyn,

      Well, thank you for saying that! You always know the right, uplifting words to make my day. 🙂

      Yes, I did try to offer the solutions to the problems, though I know there must be so much more left unsaid that single parents would have to say about this topic. I agree with you there – trusted friends at times turn out so much better than our own families.

      I can well imagine how those three months must’ve been for you! Being kids, we too stayed away from my dad for a few years, when we was posted in the field areas (where families aren’t allowed), so we stayed away and have seen our mom manage it all. Then we also stayed with my grandparents and aunts and uncles, in a joint family, so had the taste of that too, all of it when we were very young and in school. Life surely wasn’t easy, yet we lived through it all and learnt so much, which we wouldn’t, had we been with dad as a normal family, because he’d have taken care of everything, as he always did.

      Oh dear…having the kids fall sick when you are alone is the toughest thing I think. You just seem so lost and alone, yet you need to have the courage to handle the situation and remain strong in-front of your kids. I’m glad it all worked well out for you, and yes, everyone isn’t as lucky. Sometimes even children sense the loneliness of a parent and fall sick, it used to happen with my younger sister when dad used to leave after for his field station after visiting us for a holiday.

      Yes indeed, single parents are truly amazing for the amount they do for their kids, and doing it all alone, we know is not easy! I wish things were easier for them.

      Thank you for sharing this post, Carolyn, and I hope it helps those single parents who need a little guidance and help. Appreciate your wonderful contribution, and thanks for sharing your experience with us too 🙂

  14. Amy Tippins

    December 7, 2013 at 4:17 am

    As a future single mom, I am terrified of this. Scared I will be exhausted all the time and that I will end up failing as a good parent. Will I discipline too much or not enough? Will I be successful in raising them to be responsible members of society? Will my child look back and be able to say “my mom was tough, but she taught me alot and she was an amazing mom”. What makes a great single mom?

    • MTaylor

      December 7, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      To Amy, being a single parent is difficult but definitely worth it! I am a single mother of twins with no family and hardly any friends so I understand the overwhelming feeling you are having at the thought of doing it on your own. Just remember to always have an outlet for your emotions such as positive journaling. Also remember to keep yourself educated on the development of your child so you understand his or her limitations and also potential. As you grow with your child you will learn which way is best to discipline your child. Behavior tolerated is behavior repeated. Hope that helps.

      • Harleena Singh

        December 9, 2013 at 11:30 am

        Welcome to the blog MTaylor!

        Although this comment is addressed to Amy, but I thought to just step in to welcome and thank you for replying to Amy’s comment here. I think with your experience of being a single mom of twins, she’d surely gather the courage to move ahead.

        It must be pretty tough to handle it all alone without any family and not many friends, yet you are doing it all so well – hats-off to you! Keeping a journal does help because that becomes your friend, when you have no one else. I used to keep on, though when I was in school and college just to pen my thoughts in there. I agree about your advice on keeping yourself educated about the development of your child so that you understand them better – something that all parents need to do.

        Thanks for stopping by and helping Amy – much appreciated 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      December 9, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Welcome to the blog Amy – nice to have you over!

      I think your fears are so natural, and perhaps had I been in your situation, I’d felt the same way. I guess the fear of disciplining the right way is a common factor where single parenting is concerned. When both parents are present, if one is a little strict, the other parent tends to be lenient, so a balance is maintained for the child, or the poor child also knows whom to run for, for solace. But if a single parent is too strict for example, I wonder what the child would do!

      However, I think a single mom or dad would know they have to play the role of both parents, so would be a perfect blend of both, don’t worry! I think your child would be very proud to have a single mom like you who is so caring and loving, and concerned most of all. I think MTaylor too left a reply for you after having read your question, and being a mom of twins, she’s the right person to answer your doubts.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. Remember, tough times don’t last – tough people do 🙂

  15. Kingsley

    December 7, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Wow, very comprehensive, well written and helpful article, Harleena. This was shared on the Internet marketing social site, Kingged.com, by Piyush Mathur.

    Even though this topic doesn’t quite fit in with the content we allow on Kingged, Piyush shared it in the right category – Motivational. It should help those IMers and bloggers who are single parents.

    About the article itself, I personally think it’s amazing job that single parents do and they should be praised. Doing the job of mother and father all rolled into one is not easy, especially having to also be the sole provider.

    Really great and helpful tips to help not just every single parents out there, but particular single parents that are Internet marketers, affiliate marketers, bloggers, etc.

    • Harleena Singh

      December 9, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Welcome to the blog Kingsley!

      Nice to know that you liked the post, and yes, it was indeed a pleasant surprise to see this one being shared on Knigged by Piyush. 🙂

      It was indeed very kind of him for having shared it there, especially when it’s more of an Internet marketing social site. I’ve visited your site earlier and had wished that more categories be added for the like of us, where we could add inspirational, motivational, family, relationship kinds of posts too, which again would help IMers and other bloggers because such topics affect everyone, as is evident from the comments. I’m glad this one made it to the motivational category, though I couldn’t locate it. I do hope it helps single parents in some ways.

      Absolutely! I think all that single parents do is worthy of appreciation. Being a mom or dad, in addition to what you already are isn’t easy, yet single moms and single dads are playing their parts so well, for the sake of their children, isn’t it?

      I think we find single parents all over, whether they are bloggers, IMers, affiliate marketers, writers, or just a simple, hard working parent. What matters most is that we reach out and help them in the best possible way, and if such posts can make a difference in their lives, I’d be more than happy 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us. Once again, I do appreciate Piyush for sharing this one on your site, especially when I don’t even know him 🙂

  16. Christy Garrett

    December 7, 2013 at 2:03 am

    These are great tips and suggestions for single parents. I was a single parent for about 8 years and it was very difficult. I think the hardest part for me was the loneliness and financial struggles. I suggest getting involved in a church group so that you have a network of friends that you can hang out with. This is something that I wish I would have done sooner. Also, don’t be afraid to ask family and friends for help when you need it.

    • Harleena Singh

      December 9, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Hi Christy,

      Glad you liked these little suggestions, though having been a single parent, you’d be the right person to guide us and throw more light on this topic 🙂

      Yes indeed, the loneliness can really get to us, whether you are a single parent, or even otherwise. Financially too, if you aren’t sound, how do you cope? And if you do manage to that, it becomes tough to find family time, or strike the right work-life balance, isn’t it? I like the idea of getting involved, and that could be in any place that you like as long as you meet other people and have friends you can share your joys and sorrows with. Absolutely agree about asking for help when need be, something more single parents forget to do, but it’s essential because this does help as we can see from the various other commenters who’ve been through the same phase earlier.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us, which is bound to help many others 🙂

  17. Pramod

    December 6, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Harleena !

    I know a lady who has been divorced by her rich husband. The lady stays with her 23-24 year old son in the same housing society where I live . The lady works in a nearby call center for around 12-14 hours (including extra time ) and after coming from work she takes tuition classes for 3-4 hours ..The reason why she’s working so hard is because she wants to see her son get married .If she had no money problems the life would have been much easier for her and her son. Thus I think it’s very difficult to raise a child as a single parent having money problems. Thanks for sharing these tips and have a great weekend.

    • Harleena Singh

      December 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Hi Pramod,

      That just goes to show how much that lady truly cares for her son, and how hard shes working to achieve what she aimed for – to get her son married. Yes, had she been happily married with no worries about money, she wouldn’t have been in this situation.

      It’s certainly tough to live a life alone as a single parent, and all that they do always falls short because they need to work double the amount as compared to other parents, as they are playing the part of both parents. I just wish it were a little easier for them.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us 🙂




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