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10 Tips to Get Through 1st Stages of Single Parenthood

Whatever your circumstances, being a single parent is a challenge. There are many theories about how to raise your child “properly,” but every family situation is unique. It’s important to focus on your own needs. As a single parent, what needs do you have? And what are your concerns? Here are 10 top tips to help you through the first stages of single parenthood.

  1. Surround yourself with loved ones. If new parents and babies need one thing, it’s lots of love. As a new parent you have gone through a huge life change and will most probably be exhausted. Surrounding yourself with people you love who can offer support is precisely what the doctor ordered. Make lots of happy memories with your friends, family and newborn that you can cherish forever – and don’t forget to capture them all on camera!
  2. Accept help and support. Being a single parent is often like being a superhero – you whiz around resolving problems and contending with the world independently. But even the best superheroes have their sidekicks. It is not a sign of defeat if you accept help from others and, if you want the best for your baby, you will gladly take it. Even if it’s your neighbor picking up some groceries or a friend driving you to a postnatal appointment, little gestures go a long way in preventing single parent meltdown.
  3. Voice your needs. Ignoring your needs is self-destructive behaviour. As a single parent you have to learn that voicing your needs is not demanding or selfish – it’s responsible. Keeping quiet about wanting to see more of your friends, to have more support from your parents, or to have more space, will only lead to built-up frustration. A lot of the time, your friends and family or your healthcare provider will not be aware of your needs until you express them.
  4. Spend time with your child. As much as it is vital to spend time with loved ones or community groups, it is equally important to enjoy one-on-one time with your baby. Whether or not your circumstance changes in the future and you find a partner, you and your child need to bond and develop your own unique relationship first. Sharing a solid bond will make single parenting easier, and also means that new partners in the future may have less of an impact on your closeness.

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