Being a single parent – simple ideas to make it a little easier

Single parents often think it’s tougher to discipline a child without a partner’s support. But your approach should be the same as if you were parenting with someone else.

It’s vital to have a game plan and be consistent. Kids quickly get used to routines – at bedtime, at mealtimes, or when it’s time to get out of the house in the morning. Put positive and predictable routines in place, and life won’t have to be full of big battles over little issues!

Many single parents also worry about the lack of other males or females in the household. Mothers may feel this more strongly when they’re raising a son alone. Fathers may feel the same when they’re raising a daughter.

Single parents may want to look for ways for their children to get to know other men or women. It could be a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, a trusted family friend or a sports coach. A mentor can support a child throughout their life – and set a great example, too.