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Reach Out To Other Single Parents If you are feeling alone and overwhelmed, chances are there are other people in your community feeling the same way.

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Do not criticize the gender of the other parent as well. Since the child lives with you, do not criticize his or her mother in general.

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Make plans for the evening. Take a weekly creative art class, make a dinner plan, attend a community event or go to yoga.

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Do not Criticize Your Ex. If you are a single dad due to divorce, do not criticize your ex. Children are vulnerable and naive.

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Remind yourself that you cannot control how others act. The only thing you can control is your own actions and responses.

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Weed out the negatives. Hiding yourself from the world would not fix or change anything.

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Even if you are single, you still have so much to appreciate. Being single is not the end of the world.

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Answer questions honestly: Inevitably, questions will come up about the changes in your family, or about the absence of one parent.

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Never go looking for your old relationship in a new one, and do not go looking for your ex qualities in your present lover.

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You cannot force the other parent to take out time for the child. Those are the other parents issues and not yours.

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You are not alone when you are single; you still have family and good friends.

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Expect a few pitfalls. Life is not always perfect, and most of us have to kiss a few frogs before meeting the perfect lover.

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Do not build a checklist and shut the door to everyone other than the ones that fit your idea of a perfect man.

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Have fun with your child and spend quality time together. Make a trip to the science centre, take a walk in the park or go watch a movie.

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SINGLE: Set up a support system: All single parents need help whether it is someone to watch the kids while you run out to do errands.

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Maintain a daily routine: A consistent routine will help your child feel more secure and help you feel more organized.

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Weed out the negatives. Love yourself, and every time you find a perceived flaw in yourself, improve yourself.

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Make sure that your child gets the help and support he needs to deal with difficult emotions.

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Look your best, dress your best, and feel your best. You never know when you may bump into your dream guy.

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Do not believe you are flawed or negatively different if you do not have a partner.