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You might feel like you should be able to cope on your own. Without the respite, I would not have been as calm a caregiver as I have managed to be. Isolation and young children is a bad mix for me. Connections and services in your community Local papers, councils and libraries often have information about neighbourhood houses, playgroups and toy libraries.
Child and family health nurses can also be a valuable source of support and advice.
Other parents Children are a ticket to making new friends at first-time parent groups, playgroups, kindergartens, schools, or sporting and leisure centres. Try inviting other families to have afternoon tea or playdates or just to go for a walk. Local support and interest groups Support groups for single parents can be especially helpful for sharing ideas, feelings and experiences with other people in the same situation as you.
You can also book clubs, craft or sporting clubs, charity organisations, religious groups or political groups. Online forums and social media Going online can help you connect with other parents from Australia and around the world. Many single-parent groups have forums or Facebook s or groups.
Just remember to protect your personal information when you go online.
Parents who get support tend to use more positive parenting strategies, are better able to cope, and are more consistent in parenting decisions than those who try to manage by themselves. Sketch out the ideal scenario — then plan out the steps to achieve it. It makes no difference whether you have a few close friends or connect with a large group of people.
You and your child will both benefit from having supportive, positive people in your lives. So surround yourself with people who have dreams, hopes and active goals.
And if there are critical, unhelpful or even hostile people in your life, it might be a good idea to put some distance between you and them. Or if friendships got lost when you became a parent or during the separation or divorce, try getting back in touch. As a single parent, you probably have three potential sources of income:. You might need some help or someone to advocate for you. I used to take Jack in his stroller to the local market just before it closed on weekends. I would pick up massively discounted boxes of vegies and we lived on vego pasta and curries and rice for quite a few years.
I had a very low-cost menu because I wanted to be able to afford some socialising. Looking back it was probably the healthiest diet we ever had. About help and support for single parents People can give you support in three main ways: practical help to lighten the workload emotional support to help you cope with parenting social support to give you a break.
Local people: you could try people from your child care centre, kindergarten or school, a local club, religious group or support group. Colleagues at work or people you meet studying or training: they can take your mind off parenting for a while and might also be able to help out sometimes. Counsellors or other professionals: they can offer help and neutral advice without any emotional involvement. Telephone hotlines or online counselling: this might be good if you need to spend a lot of time at home or just need someone to listen once in a while.
As a single parent, you probably have three potential sources of income: your own earnings child support government payments.Any single moms needing some help
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