Tips For Successful Single Parenting
The problems single parents face can
include most, if not all, the difficulties experienced by couples ...
Single parents experience both the joy of children and the unique challenges of raising them
The problems single parents face can include most, if not all, the difficulties experienced by
These difficulties may include financial challenges and a child’s health problems or behavioural
Moreover, there are problems unique to abandoned child single parenting.
Abandoned child single parenting parents, simply struggle to make it through the day mentally
and physically intact. Single parents feel they have to juggle work and the responsibilities of parenting -
including lifting, helping with homework and feeding the kids - alone.
Reduce the stress of managing the many responsibilities of single parenting by roping in friends
Single Parenting - Meet Claire and Lily
Single mother Claire is a 29 year-old medical secretary from Appleton, Wisconsin. Since
separating from her boyfriend of six years at the beginning of 2008 she has been parenting five-year-old Lily on
“The first three months were really tough,” explains Claire. “I took a new job at a clinic far
from Lily’s day-care because I needed the money. My break-up with Blake was still real raw and I was stressed out
from working long hours.”
The strain of working a new job far away soon took toll not only affecting Claire but little
Lily as well. Teachers at Lily’s playschool contacted Claire about Lily’s noticeable change of character, her
changes in behaviour and picky eating habits.
“Lily became withdrawn and angry, whereas previously she would happily play with the other kids
at day-care. She also refused any food that wasn’t prepared by me.”
Single Parenting - Getting Professional Help
Claire took Lily to a child psychologist who identified Lily’s behaviour. Lily was displaying
signs of abandoned child syndrome. Claire and Lily worked with a therapist to devise a strategy of abandoned child
Abandoned child single parenting requires commitment, care and attention. The first step it to
identify whether your child may be experiencing feelings of abandonment and neglect. This may be indicated by his
or her withdrawal from social activities and hostility towards those around them. Your child may be clingy and
insecure. Further indication of abandoned child syndrome includes depression, irregular sleeping and eating
In a single parent household, the adult and child may have unresolved issues relating to a
divorce, separation or other form of abandonment. Abandoned child single parenting is especially challenging. With
effort and commitment, however, the single parent can, like Claire, learn skills to positively parent. It is
possible to achieve effective abandoned child single parenting.
“Lily is doing great. She looks forward to her weekly play therapy sessions,” reports Claire.
“Therapy has made a great difference. Lil’ is more sociable than ever.”
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