I’ve been split up from my boys dad for about 10 months now. He has done nothing but make everything as difficult and as horrible as possible. I’m currently on my 11th week of counselling and all I’ve spoken about is how bad he makes me feel. My counsellor mentioned to me yesterday that it would probably help if I interacted with other single parents and this seemed like a good way to go about it. I am the only single mum in my friendship group so generally it’s just me and my boy doing stuff on our own. I think we would both feel better if we met people in the same boat as us.
Here is what I did. Examine all the church groups around you. See if there is something like a family service with separate kids groups. Find a football club in your area and become a soccer mom. Become a governor at your school, preschool. Wherever you involve yourself, become a volunteer and do some work for the group. Our YMCA offered some kids groups as well. I also tried acrobatics, ballet ( yes with boys ), Gymnastics, a mending group ( mending broken appliances ) and we ended up in Athletics, a Pokémon Club, now a Warhammer Club. If you go down that route, you will find some contacts on the way. Also, if you have a decent playground in your area, frequent it at set times at the day. We are all habitual beings, and so are the other parents. An opportunity not to miss to make friends.
This is something I still struggle with at times. What helps us is some kind of regular activity at weekends where parents end up hanging around waiting for kids- ballet swimming ,park run etc. Also, have found not everyone in a couple nec. spends time all together at weekends, lots have partners that work shifts/work away so they are also more available and very happy to meet up and do stuff. In summer, Camping & Caravan club (don’t have 2 have a caravan, or a tent for that matter, they have turn up n go pitches) are quite single parent friendly for weekend trip away. 🙂
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