Family Planning

Being a Great Single Mom

Single moms everywhere juggle work, school and personal lives – in 2014, there were 12 million single parent families in the United States and 83 percent of them were headed by single moms, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Whether you chose to be a single mom or single parenthood was the last thing you ever expected, the following tips can help you make the most of running a one-parent household.

Focus on the positive. You will never have to argue with your partner about the big or little issues. You will teach your kids about the importance of independence. You can be an incredible role model.

Establish clear boundaries. As a single mom, you are the good cop and the bad cop, but it’s important that your kids recognize your authority and respect the rules and boundaries. Follow through and insist on limits.

Stick to a schedule. Children thrive on routines and the more predictable their schedule, the better for all of you. A schedule will also make it easier for you to juggle your many priorities. Of course, allow some time for flexibility and fun along the way.

Use this four-letter word: Help. Asking for help isn’t always easy, but it is often necessary. Whether it’s a ride for your kids, babysitting, help with meals or something else, reach out to friends and family – this will help your kids and your sanity. “At the end of the day, it’s important to recognize that you are doing the best that you can,” said Dr. Donna Block. “You will have great days and terrible days and everything in between, but you need to pause to remember how amazing you are, how much you love your kids and know that it’s ok to take care of yourself, too.”

 

 

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