The times we live in today show that single-parent families are becoming far more common than the traditional “nuclear family”. Today we see all types of families, differing from single mothers, fathers, even grandparents or siblings raising the children. Despite the single-parent household being rather common, it can be extremely stressful, becoming overwhelming to many. As the individual can take on the responsibilities of juggling care for the children, maintaining a career whilst keeping up with the bills and everyday chores. The extra stress is very real with single-parent households. It’s important to ask for help and know that you’re not alone. Reach out when you can and offer help to others around you.
Here are just some of the stressors faced by a single parent:
- The conflict between the parents
- Custody and visitation problems
- Fewer opportunities for quality time between parent and child.
- Break-up’s effecting the children’s school performance and social relations, affecting their social skills and emotional state.
- Problems may arise when meeting new partners.
- Finances may be a struggle / Food
- Taking on the emotional baggage of the family alone
- Limited guidance and advice
- Lack of emotional support / lonely
- School holiday stress
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