October 24, 2012
While single parenting is not a choice many people would intentionally make, it can have its rewards. Many times single parents discover they are capable of doing more than they ever thought possible and that they have skills they did not know they had. They become more self-reliant and less co-dependent upon others for their existence. And hopefully they learn that true happiness must come from within, not from other people. Single parenting is very challenging, but it can also reap benefits if you accept the challenge and grow through it. Before having children, most people may picture a family with two parents. However, for many people, the reality is that they are the only parent. But what classifies you as a single parent? Single parents come from many different backgrounds and circumstances, but they all face the same basic challenges. Whether it is due to a divorce, the death of a spouse, a young unwed mother or an adult who chooses to have a child on their own, they each need to work to find ways to do their best with their given situation. There are some great single parents who work very hard at being both a mother and father; especially if the other half is not in the picture. Great single parents are those who can be disciplinarians as well as nurturers; those who can put their child's needs first and who can manage working and parenting show great qualities of a parent. Great single parents are those who can be a role model for their children, maintain a healthy relationship with the other parent and encourage their child to do as well. They are involved in their child's life and play an active role in their education. They support their kids financially,...