5 Tips for Raising a Child Alone

Single parents are becoming more and more common. And, while raising a child with two parents can be difficult, raising a child with one parent will be easier in some aspects but a whole lot more difficult in others. While you no longer need to adjust your parenting style to match the style of your significant other, you are now fully responsible for raising your child, from day-to-day- child care, to soccer games, gymnastics, and everything else that comes with a child. Not only do you have to juggle being a parent and your work, but you are also going to have to manage the finances, and try to manage your own social life. Use these five tips to a child alone.

  1. Don’t Feel Guilty

Many single parents feel guilty that they are not giving their child the lifestyle they had wanted for them, with 2 parents in the same household. They also feel as thought the child would be happier with two parents, but the reality is that they just want a happy home, to be loved and in a supportive environment. In other words, do not feel guilty for not being able to provide this environment for them. You can only do your best and that is enough to be proud of, not feel guilty.

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  1. Create a Routine

Having a routine is essential to being a single parent. Once you have the routine down, you can work your schedules around your child’s so that they mesh. Meals and bedtime need to be at the same time so that both you and your child know what to expect and what needs to be done. Also, as we know with kids, there are always those unexpected schedule changes, so having a give-take schedule is always ideal. However, if you have a strict work schedule or have non-flexible obligations, then you will need to have a support system in place if the routine gets offset.

  1. Find Child Care/ Lean on Others

Having trusted child care is extremely important, as you cannot expect to be able to do it all (unless you are superman/woman). Find others to create a carpool schedule, join a support group for help, religious institutions are a great place to get help, and you can always ask loved ones, family, and neighbors for help. The key is to not be afraid to ask—what is the worst they will say, “no?” Also, child care is key!

  1. Take Care of Yourself

Making sure you have time for you is also important. You should be eating a fulfilling diet, sleeping well, and being active physically and socially. Do not feel bad if you need to get a friend or family member watch your child so that you can get out of the house and upkeep your social life.

  1. Show Your Love

Because you are a single parent, you may need to put in the extra effort to make your child feel loved. While you are putting in so much effort to do soccer pick ups, provide a roof over your child’s head, and put food on the table, setting aside time everyday or even every other day to play a game, read a book, or do something with your child is essential.