Being a parent in the 21st century is difficult and challenging. We are overwhelmed as parents because we are in constant motion. Being a single parent consists of juggling family and work. The biggest challenge we face as a parent is that a child does not come with a hand book with the instructions of how to raise him or her to be perfect. Whether the single parent is a mother, a father, or a grandparent, raising a child is a daily challenge. Even though raising a child as a single parent it can be done successfully.
First it takes a village to raise a child. Find a support system. It can include teachers, neighbors, family and friends. The more love and guidance your child receives the better. Understand that no one is perfect and we all make mistakes as parents so just pick yourself up and keep moving forward. The stability and security you create for your child is important but most importantly be nurturing.
As a single parent there is just not enough time in the day to have the picture perfect life so strive for a happy livable situation. Make sure you take time out of your hectic schedule to be involved in your child’s life. This small dedication of time will pay off now and in the future of your child.
To be a successful single parent there must be structure of your schedules and routines. Use the support system you develop to arrange car pools to and from school, practices and sports. Do not feel guilty about being busy because you are doing the job of two parents. Focus on being successful as a parent and not on the possibilities of failure.
Lastly, you as the single parent need to take time for yourself. You need to take the long way home one evening. Go eat dinner by yourself. Take a hot bath and go to bed early. Whatever you do to escape for a few minutes make sure you do something for yourself. You cannot be the backbone and support system of your child if you are mentally and physically drained.