Separating from your child's other parent can have a major impact on how you parent. For many, it washes away the future they envisioned and requires them to rebuild their perspective and form a new outlook on how to tackle their duties as a mom or dad to their children. Whether you're sharing your responsibilities with a responsible and devoted co-parent, or you're carrying the full brunt of parenting responsibilities on your shoulders alone, we hope these tips will help you move forward successfully.
- Stay positive.
Being a single parent definitely isn't easy, but it comes with many joys and rewards. A positive attitude and optimistic approach goes a long way in helping you reach your goals. Remember to let your children know how much you love and appreciate them, even when you're feeling overwhelmed by your responsibilities.
- Utilize your support system.
When you have so much to juggle and it feels like it'll all come crashing down if you take a moment to breathe, don't be afraid to lean on your friends and family. There's nothing wrong with accepting help when it's offered, and it doesn't make you weak or a lesser parent.
- Practice self-care.
It's hard to be the best parent you can be when you're not at your healthiest — both mentally and physically. It is so important for single parents to take care of THEMSELVES in addition to taking care of their children. This means eating healthy, getting plenty of sleep, and exercising. It also means taking time to yourself to do something that makes you happy like reading a book or going outside for some fresh air.
- Find a community.
Connecting with other single parents can help you feel seen and understood. You might find this community through your child's school or extracurricular activities, or through Facebook or other websites. Finding this community opens the door to playdates, carpooling, and so much more.
- Believe in yourself.
It might sound cheesy, but remember that you've got this! The most important tool you need to be a great single parent is something you already have in abundance: deep love for your child.
Contact Our Team
If you are dealing with a family law matter such as divorce/separation and/or a child custody battle, the MKH Accident Attorneys team is here for you. We can offer you the guidance you need to get through this difficult time and reach for a brighter future. Contact us today!