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We hear hundreds of stories from single parents each year. Read some of these stories here, using our topic filter to help you find stories that are relevant to you.

Why I support Gingerbread by Robert Peston

Posted 25 February 2018

Robert Peston is voicing our BBC Radio 4 appeal. Here’s why he is supporting Gingerbread: https://www.gingerbread.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Robert-Peston-Gingerbread-appeal.mp3 Transcript: Hello I’m Robert Peston. Now, I became a single parent a few years ago when my wife died of cancer. My...

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Getting a degree as a single parent

Posted 1 February 2018

When she became a single parent at 24, Aileen was faced with a tough decision – take any job to get by, or study and strive to achieve her dream? Read about Aileen’s journey as...

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Single and pregnant at work

Posted 4 December 2017

Edith realised she was pregnant shortly after a tragic event. She discusses how the support of her friends and family helped her navigate pregnancy, and gives advice to any single mother who finds themselves juggling...

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Managing anxieties about money in the build-up to Christmas

Posted 4 December 2017

Single mum Aisling shares her tips on having Christmas celebrations that don’t break the bank. Christmas is fast approaching and it is impossible to avoid the jingly adverts and packed shelves in shops. Although many families...Children don’t remember ‘stuff’ When they are older, children will no more remember with disappointment the presents they received during a ‘lean’ Christmas then they will remember with joy the more expensive gifts they received during...

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Presents in front of Christmas lights

From Flying Low to Flying High. How being a single parent on holiday inspired me to write children’s books by Denise Drew.

Posted 28 November 2017

I became a single parent through divorce when my daughter had just turned two years old. My husband had been having an affair and walked out. At the time, I’d been with him nearly half...We didn’t go on holiday for a few years due to mainly fear and affordability. My daughter had started school and a friend had found a cheap deal to Centre Parcs. She asked if I...We have a pet cat that’s also included in the stories – he’s part of our small family. I have now written a second story ‘The Adventures of Jilly and June in India’ and am...

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Why it’s so important to submit your writing to the ‘One in Four’ new writer competition by Emily Morris

Posted 20 November 2017

Emily is the author of My Shitty Twenties, a memoir about her experience of becoming a single mum. She can be found on Twitter @msemilymorris  As the deadline for the ‘One in Four’ new writer competition fast...It will help you Writing is incredibly cathartic. Your entry to One in Four has to be fiction, but it can be inspired by real life.  Excellent stories have a beginning, a middle and an end...The competition has now closed. We are unable to accept any further submissions. Thank you for taking part.

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10 ways to be a boss at single parenthood by Lidia Peto

Posted 16 November 2017

Lidia has put together her top ten tips to support others get through the highs and lows of single parenthood.  Love and accept yourself It’s not always easy to love and accept yourself as a single parent....Live without resentment  One of the worst things in life is to have resentment and even worse is having resentment towards your children. I learnt a very valuable lesson. Sometimes resentment and hate can creep into...

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How to write the perfect synopsis by Tilly Bagshawe

Posted 2 November 2017

In my experience as a writer, a synopsis has two purposes. Its first, official purpose is to summarize the plot of the novel you are about to write. Its second, far more important purpose is...My third rule for a good synopsis (and not every writer shares this one) is: Character first.  Don’t start with a plot. Start with a really compelling, interesting, unusual character and then imagine what that...The competition has now closed. We are unable to accept any further submissions. Thank you for taking part.

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We are the 1 in 4

Posted 5 October 2017

Single parent, Emma Wallen, was told she was not a ‘real family’ when she tried to access a family deal at a local cinema. Emma spoke out about this unacceptable behaviour, and we joined her,...I want to highlight this issue to help all families who have been marginalised because they do not conform to what is considered to be a ‘family unit’ comprising of two parents and two children....

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It isn’t about me: it’s about our children

Posted 5 October 2017

Lizzie, mum of twins, talks about her struggles accessing accurate and regular child maintenance, but it’s her children who end up losing out. A few months into single motherhood, I cracked a semi-joke about preferring the term...

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