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For New Single Parents: Get Organized

For New Single Parents: Get Organized

Parenting is tough enough when you have a partner, but when you’re doing it alone, the difficulty reaches new heights. Yet single parents everywhere are successfully and happily raising children by themselves.

Like virtually all aspects of single parenting, it takes more work and planning to make it successful, but it can be done.

Take care of yourself. This really means planning social and physical activities for YOU. No matter what age or situation, we all need personal time. Your own health can be easy to neglect when you don’t have a partner to give you a break.

Join forces. Being the lone Dad on a playground full of couples every Saturday morning can get old quick. So can being stuck at home every evening with just a crying baby for company. Finding Dads in similar situations can be lifesaving. If you’re having trouble finding friends, consider joining a single parent support group. A great place to start is Parents Without Partners. You can also find help on social media links or your church.

Establish a community. Establish a community to provide emotional support and a feeling of belonging—a perfect alternative to the isolation often brought on by single parenting. A couple of tips here, don’t just look for other single parents.  The more varied your community, the richer it will be. If you are introverted, building a community can be tough. You might need to get out of your comfort zone. Yes, it will be painful, but the effort will likely be worth it.

Get a grip on finances. You might find yourself as a single parent on a single income. You will almost likely have to cut back on your lifestyle. Creating a budget and managing family finances are critical. Raising a child on one income can be one of the most difficult aspects of solo parenting.

What other tips would you give single parents?

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Fred Campos, Top Geek, blogs about everything from House of Cards to Subway. In addition to blogging, he is a public speaker and humorist in child custody, social media, web development and parenting. He is married to one @SuperParentMom, and raising three world changers. For more details on his custody course visit, www.DaddyGotCustody.com/course. Like this post? Make sure you subscribe to this blog.

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  • Josh October 4, 2015, 9:03 pm

    Fred,

    this is great suggestions. I had not heard of Parents without Partners. I was/still am a bit, pretty bitter about my divorce. I want to add seeking out a good church and find a divorce counseling program or course.

    I know from the male perspective it is not something you really want to do, however, my brother and sister-in-law really encouraged me to take a course and it did help a bit.

    Switching subjects, I see you have a custody course. Does your course help those who have been divorced a bit and past their final orders?

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    • FullCustodyDad October 6, 2015, 2:10 pm

      Josh,

      Yes church and non-profit divorce care and divorce recoveries are GREAT! I highly encourage them, and guys–take the higher ground, trust me that are good for you too. *hehe*

      In general, I am not a big advocate of custody changes after final orders, but I have dedicated a couple segments to post final you may want to study, watch, and consider. The course is only $19.95/mo and you can cancel any time. Skip to the end on Section 21 Module 4 and work backwards. Check it out and let me know after reviewing those sections, if you didn’t learn enough on your particular subject, I’ll give you a refund.

      Course link here: How to Win Custody of Your Kids.

      Additional, read How to Gain Custody After the Divorce paying particular attention to the first link in that post.

      Thanks for commenting!

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