Story Topic: Stigma

14 things not to say to a single parent (and seven things you should)

Posted 20 September 2018

. Single parenting is hardly a new thing – there are over two million single parents in Britain today, and one in four families is a single parent family. But, for some reason, talking about single...Most single parents agreed that many of the ‘what not to say’ comments are well-meaning, but they stem from long-held myths. Is there something you wish people would or wouldn’t say to you about single...

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What not to say to single parents

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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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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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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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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Homeschooling my son

Posted 3 October 2017

Remi lives in London with her son Raphael, 15. She and her husband had a privileged life, employing a nanny and sending Raphael to private school. However, after their marriage broke down things changed dramatically...

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From teen mum to career highflyer

Posted 3 October 2017

Sacha is 42 and lives in North London. She has two children, Ricky who is 25, and Saffron, 17. After becoming a single parent at 16, many people thought Sacha would never amount to anything....

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What makes me angry – by Martina Cole

Posted 3 October 2017

Martina Cole is a best-selling crime fiction author. First becoming a single parent at 18 and again in later life, she has been a Gingerbread ambassador since 2008. Here, Martina explains why she believes parenthood...

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Fighting exhaustion and discrimination

Posted 2 October 2017

Maria is single mum to two sons, who are thriving. But juggling work and family life with little support is exhausting, she says. “I once had a run-in with another mum, who said she couldn’t invite...

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