Single-Parenting

Raising a family is difficult enough. But it’s even more difficult for single parents struggling to make ends meet. They don’t need more obstacles. They need more opportunities. Bill Richardson

I am a single mom and I can’t think of any other task that requires more courage and strength than single parenting. It’s not just a simple matter of responsibility. Trying to be a loving, nurturing mom while struggling with financial strains, housework schedules, children activities, and the need for social life is enough to drive even the most energetic solo moms to the edge of frenzy.

Tough responsibilities of single-parenting become more and more difficult when we are weighed down by heavy emotional baggages. If you are a single parent just like me, the list of “baggage items” like self-pity, depression, guilt, anger, envy, might be dragging you down from time to time. Been a solo-parent for 16 years already and here’s my piece of thoughts about the said baggages. There are no shortcuts in working to overcome those painful obstacles. There are no easy answers as well. However, no matter how difficult the situation, you should always have the presence of mind. Move. Be practical. One should gather all the senses and face the reality.

Every parent has goal to raise healthy, well-adjusted children but that can only be done when you are able to focus on them and not on yourself. As mentioned number 1 in Gurgle.com’s Single Parents Survival Guide article,

 

(1.) Don’t be selfish. (Even if your partner has been) Although you probably don’t feel like hearing it right now, occasionally you need to listen to a few home truths. As soon as you become a parent, you’re no longer number one – your child is. Be there for them.

Read more about the article at the said site.

Speaking of motherhood, and for those going to be first time moms, if the thought of having a baby is a little frightening, you are not alone. Most first time moms find themselves experiencing moments of incredibly joy with feelings of doubt. Don’t be alarmed. After all, your entire family situation is about to undergo a dramatic change.

See, motherhood is perhaps the most important and rewarding duty a woman can experience. If possible, if you have the initial feelings of nervousness, it should be discussed openly with your spouse (if you have one). By doing so, you might be able to acquire or find yourself confidence at the thought of becoming a parent.

In addition, it is important that the expectant mom maintain a positive mental attitude during your pregnancy – not only for you, but also for the development of your baby. Relax and enjoy your new condition. Read that article in Gurgle.com regarding Exercises Recommended Through Pregnancy. There are some suggested exercises that are beneficial to pregnant women. However, before you start doing that kind of activity, it is essential to consult first your doctor.

Lastly, check out more on parenting and pregnancy resources at Gurgle.com. Relevant videos on caring for your baby are available too.

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