Stories

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.

12 reasons single parent groups are great

Posted 4 October 2017

Thirty-something, city-dwelling, single mother to a lively toddler, Ellamental Mama blogs on 12 reasons you should give single parent groups a try. You might not know it, but there are lots of groups and holiday companies...

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Challenging perceptions of single dads

Posted 4 October 2017

Steve is 56 and a single dad to his two children, aged four and seven. He lives in South Wales and is self-employed. He describes the difficulties of picking his family back up after his...

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Lost my partner and gained a daughter

Posted 4 October 2017

Steve lives in Birmingham with his (almost) five year old daughter Sam. His partner passed away shortly before their daughter was born by caesarean section. Since then he has raised Sam alone. Steve runs a...

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Raising 7 kids alone

Posted 4 October 2017

Rob lives in London with his seven children aged three to 15. He’s been a single dad for almost two years after separating from his wife. He works full-time as a swimming teacher in a...

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Life as a single dad – Garry’s story

Posted 4 October 2017

Writer Garry Johnson discusses his experiences of separation and being a single dad to his sons, Sam and Adam. I live in Basildon in Essex with my two sons in their twenties who both work. It’s...

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Writer Garry shares his story of being a single dad

A single mum’s guide to holidays

Posted 4 October 2017

Jessica has raised her son as a single parent since he was one. Here, she discusses her experiences of their holidays spent at home in the UK and beyond. My experience of holidaying as a single...

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All I want for Christmas is you

Posted 4 October 2017

Sophie, single mum of one, blogs on how her feelings about Christmas have changed over the years and how to survive spending it without your little ones. Christmas was my favourite time of year until 2011. Childhood...

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‘Tis the season to be Jolly?

Posted 4 October 2017

A single mum of two shares her thoughts about the festive season, and why the pressure is heightened for single parents at this time of year. ‘Tis the season to be jolly…but in reality, Christmas is...

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Continuing life after Jo

Posted 4 October 2017

Chris Davies used to be a communications officer for his local county council in Dorset, but that all changed when he saw a job advertised for a web manager at the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust –...

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We were engaged when he died

Posted 3 October 2017

Irene is 28 years old and has a two year old son. She became a single parent after losing her fiancé in a car accident. Here, she shares how she’s learning to cope. My soul mate My...

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