Life in a single parent household—though common—can be quite stressful

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    Today single parent families have become even more common than the so-called “nuclear family” consisting of a mother, father and children. Today we see all sorts of single parent families: headed by mothers, fathers, and even by a grandparent raising their grandchildren.

    Life in a single parent household—though common—can be quite stressful for the adult and the children. The single parent may feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of juggling caring for the children, maintaining a job, and keeping up with the bills and household chores. And typically, the family’s finances and resources are drastically reduced following the parents’ breakup.

    Single parent families deal with many other pressures and potential problem areas that other families may not face.

    N.B: Not all single parents are as a result of Divorce, separation e.t.c but some are due to unforeseen circumstances. Thumbs up to all single parents you all are a rare gem.

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    Thanks Meng

    Much appreciated support to all, hope you’re keeping well, here to chat if you ever need it.

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    Good post.

    I have recently been delving in to the latest research and writings about the benefits of being in a single parent family. I had long since thought although hard work, there are some definitely for kids and parent.

    This is part of my attempt to cultivate gratitude and positivity which I struggle with quite a lot at times.

    There is a recently published book which I have only half remembered the title of, along the lines of ‘things that no one tells you about being a single parent’ i.e. the positive things. For example that our kids often fare better than those from nuclear families.

    It is difficult as political, work and benefit systems need changing to recognised our situations and as the gingerbread report says, there have been more pressures heaped on us due to Covid. Just that thing on it’s own…if we get ill it is bad enough with normal flu, let alone having to self isolate for Covid etc. Also some of us did not have ‘support bubbles’ in the lockdowns etc.

    Sorry can’t name the title of the book but it will occur to me no doubt.

    It helps me personally to have an analysis of why things are as they are, which in my mind has a lot to do with the way society is structured.


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