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Is Your Child Responsible Enough to be Home Alone? Dos and Don'ts for Parents

Is Your Child Responsible Enough to be Home Alone? Dos and Don'ts for Parents

Many parents are at a loss for what to do with their older children during the summer months – they may get the summer off, but you probably don’t. That leaves a whole chunk of time to fill each day. How do you know if your child is responsible enough to be left home alone? What if you know he isn’t, but he won’t stop begging to be in charge of his own schedule this summer?

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5 of the Hardest Things Parents Face: How to Handle the Most Challenging Parenting Issues

5 of the Hardest Things Parents Face: How to Handle the Most Challenging Parenting Issues

Watching my child struggle without stepping in to “fix” things for him was one of the hardest things I’ve personally experienced as a mom, even though I knew it was the best thing for him. And the truth is, from the very beginning, being a mother is a balance of taking care of your kids while letting them grow up and learn from their mistakes. Your role of simply loving and protecting your baby from pain and discomfort changes to one of accepting that your child or teen will need to experience natural consequences for his or her actions. The hard part (for them and for us!) is that these consequences almost always include some discomfort, disappointment or pain.

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Positive Parenting: 5 Rules to Help You Deal with Negative Child Behavior More Positively

Positive Parenting: 5 Rules to Help You Deal with Negative Child Behavior More Positively

Do your kids drive you crazy? If you were asked to describe them, after saying, He's a good kid, but... would you use words like “defiant,” “whiny,” “unmotivated,” “disrespectful,” “angry,” or “demanding,” with a few positives sprinkled in? If the negatives loom larger in your mind than the positives, the first thing to realize is that this is natural. We parents are human after all, which means we tend to look for what’s wrong with our offspring so that we can focus on what we should “fix” in them. Somehow this calms us down; we believe we are improving their chances of long-term survival in an often difficult world.

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Perfect Parents Donít Exist: Forgive Yourself For These 6 Parenting Mistakes

Perfect Parents Dont Exist: Forgive Yourself For These 6 Parenting Mistakes

Guilt and parenthood just seem to go together. Maybe you lost control and screamed at your child today, or perhaps you’re struggling to give your kids enough—or you might be worrying that you’re doing too much. Whatever the cause, most parents experience guilt regularly. I’ve talked with so many people who were beating themselves up over something they’d done, sure they’d failed as a parent. But as James Lehman said, “It’s not about blame or fault; it’s about taking responsibility.”

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The Single Parent Juggling Act: 5 Tips to Help You Manage

The Single Parent Juggling Act: 5 Tips to Help You Manage

There’s a famous quote about Ginger Rogers that says, “She did everything that Fred Astaire did, only backwards.” In some ways, being a single parent is similar, except you’re doing everything other parents do, onlysolo.

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Flying Solo: Six Ways to Soar as a Single Parent

Flying Solo: Six Ways to Soar as a Single Parent

Jill is a single mom of a nine-year-old daughter, whom she’s been raising by herself since Haley was an infant. “The hardest part about being a single parent is having no one else there when Haley acts up. It’s all me. She doesn’t listen to me, and then I just don’t know what to do. I’m really getting anxious about her teenage years. I’m not sure if I can keep her on track by myself, she’s so willful.”

Jill is far from being alone. Single parenting is one of the toughest jobs on the planet, yet more than 50 percent of households in America are headed by just one parent. Much of the time that parent is working full-time and trying to maintain the home, in addition to everything that comes with raising a child. To make matters worse, often single moms and dads, like Jill, report feeling as if their children aren’t listening to them or following family rules. Coupled with the guilt that many single parents feel, this can be a one-two punch to the faith you have in the job you’re doing as you raise your kids on your own. So what can you do to maintain confidence in yourself and peace in your home?

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Single Parenting in December: Keep it in Perspective

Blogger 'Tis the season, as they say; and for many parents, itís a tough season. The month of December is a Pandoraís Box of expectations, demands, and pressure. You have the average monthís worth of usual stuffówork, laundry, keeping everyone healthy, basketball practicesóthen throw in the prep, planning and execution of the holidays. Makes you want to pull the covers back over your head, doesnít it?
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Invite Gratitude into Your Life Every Day

Blogger I love November; a month filled with reminders to be thankful. Itís such a simple concept, yet we always need reminders to be grateful for what we have.† As many single parents know, me included, itís so easy to get caught up in the mantra of wanting MORE. We want MORE money because weíre exhausted from stretching that paycheck until it screams. We want MORE breaks in life because, quite honestly, sometimes just surviving the day wipes us out. We want MORE opportunities for our kids because we feel that living in a single-parent home puts them at a disadvantage. And we want MORE love in our lives because, dang it, it feels good; sometimes I feel like I can go three days just on a heartfelt compliment!
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Accepting the Gift of Help

Blogger When youíre raising kids on your own, you are a downright super hero. Making sure everyone gets to where they need to be, with all of their equipment and paperwork and lunches and gym shoes, is absolutely a Herculean effort. Even an average Tuesday can rock the socks right off of you at times.
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You Can Make Time for Yourself

Blogger I am the type of person that wants it all, and I want it all NOW. This mentality makes me feel like Iím perpetually chasing a bus I cannot catch, no matter how fast I sprint.† Some days, it feels like an enormous task to just get everyone fed and into bed at the end of the day!
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Does My Child Need To See A Therapist?

Blogger Your seven-year-old son, Justin, is so embarrassing.† He approaches adults and asks personal questions that seem inappropriate.† He seems to have no sense of shame, and little interest in conforming to social norms.† You cringe at the thought of taking him to family affairs and public events, where you never know what kind of catastrophe might transpire.† And when you broach the topic, he easily dismisses it and hardly makes eye contact.† You have already heard dubious murmurs regarding your parenting capabilities on several occasions, causing you to feel completely misunderstood.† All this despite the parenting lectures you invested in!
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Stop the Stereotyping

Blogger For some single parents, the weight of the world often sits squarely on our shoulders. We are responsible for an incredible amount of things, duties, and actions. Itís not enough to pay the mortgage, be smart when making a purchase and keep the floors relatively clean Ė we are also responsible for our children. Now this isnít exactly a newsflash, but letís look at it a step further. Letís say your child is in elementary school and you get a call from his teacher. Heís been acting up in class, not listening to her and disrupting the daily flow. How do you feel? I will tell you Iíve received those calls Ė more than a few times. I immediately felt like a balloon that had lost its air. My sonís misbehavior felt like my failure. Obviously I hadnít taught him proper behavior, or how to control his impulses. I would ruminate over this situation until I wore a groove of negative self-talk into my brain.
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Summertime and the Living Aint Easy for Single Parents

Blogger Who doesnít love summer? Well, for many reasons, single parents. First of all, itís a financial minefield. With school out thereís full time daycare to pay for and itís not just a tiny bump; itís a major increase in what is likely already a super tight budget. And then there are all the enriching camps and field trips.† You want your child to experience learning new skills and making friends with kids outside of the familiar zone, along with beading bracelets, singing songs and horseback riding. But wow, all of that comes with a hefty price tag.
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My Secret Weapon as a Single Parent: When I Changed My Viewpoint, I Changed My Life

Blogger Itís a Monday night and youíre sorting clean socks Ė a task that seems to have no end.† How can there be so much laundry all of the time? You're tired from a weekend that revolved around your kidsí activities, but instead of relaxing with a Netflix binge marathon and buttered popcorn, you are washing baseball jerseys so your daughter will have a clean uniform for tomorrowís game. Letís just be clear on something: chores and errands? They will never, ever end. They are embedded into our daily life whether we are happy about it or not. So why donít we try approaching the drudgery of grocery shopping, filling up the gas tank, and vacuuming with a new outlook?
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