Raising a boy as a single mum

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    Without going into detail (and to summarise) my partner and I split up when our son was 7 weeks old after something terrible happened. Currently fighting to keep my son as a result of what happened.

    I’m hopeful that we will be reunited but I was just wondering if anyone had any tips for raising a boy as a single mum? I don’t have many Male friends but I do have my dad. My ex partner’s dad wasn’t around and I just want to be able to raise my son to be a settled and happy individual whilst respecting he is a boy – will I be able to be the same kind of role model to him?


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    Just go the extra mile i guess 🙂 mum, dad, grandparent or family dog dont matter who brings the child up they will like what they like just adapt yourself to their preferences & you cant go wrong 🙂 sorry to hear about your situation but honestly nothing prevents them expressing who they are you’ve just gotta be open minded & adire to it x


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    I have 2 boys. No male relative.  I find it difficult but I always be open with them. I say to them, whatever you are going through, speak with me about it and we will work through it together. I think we have a good relationship and I hope they will always trust me to come talk to me. Sports really helps. They get to be around other boys similar age and talk about normal stuff. All the best.

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    My son is 11. Until he was 5, it didn’t really make much difference, then I spent time making sure he could join in with “boys” things, so I taught him to ride a bike, basic football and to swim.

    From about 6 I could see his need for more male input.  He wanted to do a martial arts class so I chose one with a young and enthusiastic sensei who still acts as a good role model now.  I found a barber who would speak to him as an equal.  It all helps.

    Senior school was another issue. Our catchment school had much better results for girls than for boys, so I chose another smaller school with plenty of male teachers and better results for boys.    It becomes automatic to look at everything from a boy’s viewpoint.

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