SINGLE PARENTING

How to raise your child without the interference of a partner

Believe it or not, it doesn’t actually matter whether a child has one parent or two, as long as they are raised in a loving, caring manner. Single parenting is not rocket science. You don’t have to be so worked up about it. Instead, get yourself a cup of coffee, or maybe some non-alcoholic wine purely for aesthetic, and check out these tips!

This is obviously one of the main responsibilities of a parent. Make sure you spend as much time as possible during a day doing fun little activities with your child. It’s the little moments that make the best memories. You can sing together, dance together, tell stories, play games, cook dinner. When they are older, your child will look back on these moments of innocent fun, and smile.

EVERYDAY QUALITY TIME

SHOW INTEREST

Show interest in whatever your child wants to show you or wants to talk about. It doesn’t matter whether or not you actually have any interest in it. Pretend you do, and try to learn more.

POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT IS THE WAY TO GO!

Does your child know how proud you are of them? Go tell them, right now. Offer no context, just say you are proud of them. Then leave the room with your cloak (you need a dark cloak, by the way) swirling behind you like that of a mysterious super villain. It will be fun. Trust me. And your little one will be happy, so win-win. Remember, telling them you are proud of them for the good things they do works better than yelling at them for the mistakes they make.

ACKNOWLEDGE FEELINGS

Now, some people go for the “tough love” “life isn’t fair” approach to parenting. This is rubbish, if you’ll pardon my language. Do not do this if you love your child.  Children need to learn to be able to openly express their emotions in healthy manners

CLEAR AND SPECIFIC RULES

Having household rules is completely fine, and even necessary… …as long as you’re not making it up as you go along. Children need routine and consistency. Above all, they need fairness. So, you can have as many rules as you like, as long they are reasonable and don’t regularly change. Also, make sure you follow those rules too. Teach them how to practice what you preach.

If you follow these steps, and keep these points in mind, then you have nothing to worry about. As long as you give your child the care and positive attention the need and help them take care of their mental and physical health, you will be a great single parent. So, take a deep breath and relax! You’ve got this! Oh wait…you’ll also need money. Like, a lot of it. Kids are expensive.