Are you a single parent, or a parent who has to provide for all of your children’s needs? Life is neither fair nor easy, but no matter what the reason for the absence of the other parent, try to view it as an opportunity to make a difference in the life of your child. While being a single parent comes with a lot of pressure, some of the most encouraging stories come from those who lived in single parent homes. While it can feel overwhelming at times, it can also provide an opportunity to have a stronger relationship with your child.
Single parents carry a heavy financial responsibility and often have to work a lot. So, it's important to look for small moments where you can invest in your child. Investment isn’t always financial, but can be as simple as listening to them talk about their favorite tv show. When they get excited about a topic, you can get excited with them. Invest in their self-discovery. Make the most out of short car rides or bedtime chats. It’s the simple things that can make the biggest difference. Remember, children are quick to pick up on financial stress. Be honest but use caution when sharing about this topic with them.
It is critical for single parents to examine the cultural influences affecting their child. Be aware of the latest social media apps and know their target audience. Ask yourself what movies they are watching, which YouTube channels get the most of their time, what is their latest post on TikTok? Even the kind of music they listen to can affect how they view the world. Try not to lead with control but have conversations about the affect these apps can have on self-esteem and body image. Get involved with your community. This includes getting to know teachers, coaches, and Church leaders. Make sure your children are in the company of people you trust when they are not in your care.
It is okay to rely on others, but at the end of the day, they rely on you to help keep them safe. Remember, you are more than capable of being a great parent to your child!