Single parenting is an extremely difficult task. It requires persistence and patience to be successful as a single parent. A single parent has to juggle and strike a balance between professional and personal life.
Single parenting expects many sacrifices to be made on both the fronts. For a single mother, the challenges are even graver.
Your inability to fulfill your role as a single parent can be harmful for the child. The child is unable to understand the social dynamics and the reasons for the separation of the parents. Sometimes such children become gloomy and withdrawn from the social circle.
As a single parent you have to garner support from every member of the family and maintain a healthy rapport with your child to be a good parent. Some of these tips might be helpful if you are a single mother parent.
You may be overburdened with pressing deadlines and schedules at work but your priority should be your child. Spend quality time with your child and talk to the child about her daily activities, her friends, her life at school, etc. Help hr with her daily tasks such as school projects. If your child possesses talent in extracurricular activities, encourage her to do and learn better.
Befriend your child. Be an outlet for the child when she is upset over something even if it’s a trifle. Celebrate in her joy and support her in her problems. Understand the emotions of the child and talk to the child if she is upset about the absent parent. Allow your child to be open to you.
Healthy communication between you and your child will go a long way in establishing a strong foundation for your mother-child relationship.
Be honest with your child and tell her about the past and the divorce. However do not complaint about your failed relationship just to get revenge with your spouse in front of your child. This may have an adverse effect on the child. Explain to her about the difficult circumstances and be straightforward.
Ask your family members and especially grandparents to spend time with your child. If the child will fell loved, she is likely to cope up better with the situation.
Don’t go overboard and be too protective about your child. Let her develop and mature at her own pace. Give her the authority to take some decisions fit for her age. If she is confronted with a serious issue then be by her side until she gets through it. Have a life of your own.
It will make the child feel that everything is normal. While going for an errand, take your child with you and share responsibilities with her.Create a peaceful atmosphere at home and be a caring parent.