If you or your ex wants to take the kids on holiday you may feel anxious, especially if the plan is to go abroad. Clear communication such as sharing information, lists of what’s needed, contact details and knowledge e.g. the children’s swimming ability or what sun factor they will need, will help put both parents at ease. Try to keep in touch whilst on holiday even if it’s a quick phone call or text.
- If you are thinking about taking your children away on holiday on your own, there are holiday companies who specialise in this, so check out the web or travel companies. There are also special insurance packages designed for holidaying lone parents and their children.
After being single for a while or coming out of a long-term relationship, starting to date again can seem like a daunting move for anyone. If you’re a lone parent then your children are also going to figure in the decisions you make.
"I’m scared she will grow up thinking it’s the norm to go through life having different partners. But I told her that I’m only human and that I make mistakes, and that’s the only way I learn. I just feel so guilty that I’m contemplating giving up on my relationship because of my daughter’s feelings, but I’m so happy with this man.”*
There is so much more to think about when it’s not just your own needs to consider. It’s vital that you feel your children are protected, but it’s also important to feel able to start again...
Parenting alone can be a very demanding and stressful issue in life with double the work and without double the help. Becoming a lone parent is something most parents do not plan on but unfortunately circumstances can change in family life and the inevitable can happen.
On top of dealing with all the day to day family life chores and duties, you may also be coming to terms with a recent family breakdown and it is often the case that your feelings and emotional wellbeing ends up at the bottom of your list of priorities. We often hear from parents who feel guilty if they do allow themselves some time out. This is natural, however, the time out is a necessary part of surviving and coping with parenting alone....
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