Single Parenting

Parenting, it is often said is the toughest job on the planet. Babies don’t come with a set of instructions, and having children brings emotions and challenges to our lives that we could never have dreamed of before they were born.

Today, one in every four families in the UK is a single parent family and lone mums and dads can often feel socially isolated, excluded and stigmatised.

Often people become a single parent with little warning as the result of bereavement, divorce or relationship breakdown. At times of crisis or conflict especially, having no one to share the responsibility can be tough indeed.

There is no shame in asking for help, and almost everyone who is a parent needs it at some time in their lives. From babies to teenagers and even as adults our children and always ours to worry about and care for.

 

 

Trisha's Tips

  • Here’s the truth – if you block out the other parent completely, eventually your child’s imagination will turn him or her into a superhero. Even if you need a go-between or organisation to set it up, make sure, wherever it is safe to do so, that your child has contact with the other parent.
  • Find good role models for your children if a man or a woman is missing from their lives – especially needed for men bringing up boys alone or women bringing up girls.

 

Where to go for Help

Gingerbread
This self-help organisation offers expertise in areas including benefits, childcare, CSA, divorce, housing, maternity rights and lone parenthood.
0800 018 5026 (free phone)
Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm
www.gingerbread.org.uk

Home-Start
If you’re feeling isolated, finding it hard to cope or struggling with the demands of young children, volunteers with parenting experience can visit you to help.
Find your nearest Home-Start scheme 0800 068 6368 (free phone)
Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday 9am to 12noon.
www.home-start.org.uk

Parentline Plus
A national charity offering help and support to anyone who is looking after a child on any issue of concern to them. The confidential free helpline is manned 24 hours a day.
0808 800 2222 (free phone)
Monday-Sunday 24 hours
www.parentlineplus.org.uk

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