If you’re single parenting, like me, you’ll likely to be doing so for one of three main reasons: divorce, bereavement, or choice. Whatever your history, few of us can look to our previous generation of parents to model what a great extended family could look like. It’s up to each of us then to choose the future we most want and get on with changing our mindset, adjusting our habits and claiming the successes that are out there for the taking.
Some skills for learning to succeed as a single-parent include:
* Adjusting our expectations away from the ‘fairytale’ and into the opportunities of today
* Developing a new language of positivity to approach our lives, and those of our children, from a position of choice
* Evolving our practical life skills, including time management, financial planning, active listening (with our children), confidence, goal setting and goal getting
* Managing downtime and getting the best out of our ‘housebound’ evening hours
* Committing to community both for the sake of our personal growth and for the continued social development of our children
* Taking responsibility for our expectations of the future and equipping ourselves to achieve all we set out to