Know how to manage some of the special challenges that a single parent experiences and what you can do to raise a happy, healthy child….
Single parenting is usually a result of a broken marriage, the loss of a partner or individuals choosing to be single parent without getting into a bond of marriage. Single parents need to strike a balance between their professional and family life. Single parenting is similar to parenting when both parents are around. The parenting styles apply and the core needs of the child remain the same. The huge difference is that one parent tries to play the role of two and it can be overwhelming because there is no chance for taking turns.
On the flipside, there still is a social stigma associated with single parenting and it can lead to emotional trauma both because of the loss/absence of the spouse for the parent and because of the loss/absence of the parent for the child. However with good support structure from the extended family or friends, a strong attitude to face all odds with courage, effective counselling to deal with emotional fallout and clear plans and actions all of these issues can be dealt with well.
When the parent makes an effort to work on the parenting style, on working with the child and when a healthy atmosphere is created, single parents have the advantage of spending better Quality time with their child as they can focus on the needs of the child better and bond more effectively with the child.
Children raised in good single parent families have been found to be more independent, understanding, better equipped at handling conflicts and they are often more responsible as they constantly take part in household chores.