How do single parents cope? What are the struggles of being a single parent? Can a single parent raise a successful child? How does being a single parent affect you?
Your child will be successful and well-adjusted. And you can overcome the stress of being a single parent, and build a solid life for your family.
Single parent stress
Depending on the circumstances that led to you being a single parent, you may be dealing with it in many ways. Grief, anger, and anxiety, could all be part of this change in your life.
And depending on your child’s age, it may affect them differently. They might feel abandoned or angry, and some of those emotions could be redirected to you. And even if they are younger, you worry how this will affect them when they are old enough to fully understand.
You want to be a great parent to them, and you want them to flourish. But you worry if you can do this on your own. How will you make ends meet with one income? How will you find the time to work and give your child the attention they need? And how will you take care of yourself?
Put in those terms, it becomes clear that these expectations are too lofty to achieve with no help. And that thought might scare you. You’ve convinced yourself that you should be able to cope on your own. And you may feel isolated from those who would help you.
But don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. Give the people in your life a chance to step up for you.
And advocate for your own well-being, in addition to that of your child.
Single parent counseling
Incorporating therapy into your life will help you achieve that state of well-being. Your family, friends, and community are key to providing the support system you need. But in addition to helping you facilitate that support, we will provide you with the space to unload any lingering shame or anxiety.
In order to be strong and present for your child, you must take care of yourself as well. Therapy can help you avoid looking at each day as just another hurdle to overcome. Setting reliable routines and practicing a positive mindset can both contribute to that goal.
And in addition to taking care of yourself, therapy can also give you the tools you need to be a great parent to your child. Ultimately, the most important thing is for you to make the most of the time you have with them. Even when that time is limited by work, school, or other obligations.
Take advantage of the one-on-one time you do have with your child to show them that they are loved and heard. There will always be difficult days. And many of the challenges you may face will be similar to those of any parent.
But that is why it’s so important to have a support system built of friends, family, and a counselor. They will give you opportunity to work through the additional difficulties that are specific to being a single parent.