Asking for help and being there for others

Asking for help can be very difficult. But if you expect to be able to handle everything on your own, all of the time, you risk burning yourself out. Learning to ask for help, and being available to help others, will help you build a network of support and community. Start with a small request. If you find it hard to approach friends or family to ask for help, try starting out by asking for a small favor, like picking up your child after school or moving a heavy piece of furniture. Be sure to...

Coping with guilt

Most working parents struggle with feelings of guilt at some point. That's true for mothers and fathers alike. We all feel guilty when we lose our patience or aren't as loving or patient as we'd like to be with our children. You may feel guilty about leaving your young child in someone else's care while you work, or about not being present for every event in your school-age child's life. You may feel guilty because your child has one parent at home, not two. You may feel inadequate because your...

Simplifying household chores and routines

A common complaint among single parents is that there's too little time and too much to do. You'll feel as though you have more time if you let go of the desire to do it all. And if you find ways to simplify, you'll have more time for yourself, your family, and your friends. Begin by examining your priorities. Is it more important to have a spotless home or to sleep in on your day off Would you rather spend an hour preparing dinner or order a pizza and use that hour to take a walk with your...

Single parenting today

Bringing up children is an awesome responsibility. It's demanding and rewarding work. Being a single parent is all of that and more. It can be extremely challenging and extremely gratifying. The demands of raising children on your own, combined with the responsibility of holding down a job, may leave you little time to step back and reflect on how you and your children are doing. You may feel tired, frazzled, and you may wonder how you'll manage it all work and personal responsibilities, time...