It’s understandable, as raising a child without assistance from your baby boy or girl’s father could come with all sorts of problems.
However, there are many single parents out there who manage to successfully raise a child or children without needing too much help. There are many reasons why they do this, and here are just a few which might be worth applying to yourself when you’re expecting:
- Remember that you’re not the only single parent in the world. In the UK alone, there are nearly two million single parent households, and the vast majority function just as well as those with two parents. If you’re feeling lonely, there are many support groups for single parents out there, as well as online communities where you can meet people in a similar situation to the one you find yourself in.
- If you can, call upon the help of friends and relatives. During the early months and years of the your child’s life, they’ll want constant care and attention, which is where getting any brothers, sisters or even your parents to pitch in could help take a little stress off you. Once you get the hang of parenting, you’re able to do it without having to rely on others.
- During pregnancy, if you have anything which you need to get off your chest, feel free to open up about it. If you feel that you can’t talk to family and friends about your problems, there are professional counsellors who can listen to what you have to say and give you some advice on what to do.
- As far as your finances are concerned, you want to make sure that you have enough to live on. However, once the signs of pregnancy become more pronounced, you might not have enough time to work a full-time job, so try and talk to your employer about things like maternity leave and flexible working hours. Also, if you’re in a low-paid job, you may be entitled to certain state benefits which will make things easier.
- If you’ve arranged a deal with your ex-partner or husband over visitation rights for your child, make the most of your time away. Parents deserve regular breaks, and you could use your spare time to go on a holiday, read a book or meet up with some friends on a night out.