On this page you will find links to help single parents. Whether it be websites especially to help single parents, health advice, holiday advice, suggested holiday destinations or advice for divorce and separation, we hope single parents everywhere will find it useful and help them relieve some of their stress and anxiety and begin to enjoy family life even more.
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General Help Sites for Single Parents
Single Parent Action Network is a multi-racial organisation of single parents working to improve the lives of one parent families in the UK and Europe.
Lone-parents.org.uk – The frustration of being a single parent can create stress and anxiety levels that can be harmful to you and your loved ones, left unchecked this can lead towards emotional meltdown. Use this site to learn the art of survival, have your say or tell the rest of us your survival tips.
ONLYDADS – For lone dads who want to talk to each other, help each other and support each other
onlymums.org – OnlyMums, along with its sister site OnlyDads, are developing the first ever comprehensive site for single parents
Gingerbread – the leading support organisation for lone parent families in England and Wales. Gingerbread was started in 1970 and is a registered charity maintained by lone parents. At this site you will find valuable information about support for lone parent families.
Family Lives -They listen, support but never judge.
Health Sites for Single Parents
Insomnia – information from the BBC website
Panic Attacks – information from the BBC website.
Depression Alliance is the leading UK charity for people affected by depression. This web site contains information about the symptoms of depression, treatments for depression, as well as Depression Alliance campaigns and local groups.
Depression – information from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Depression – information from the BBC website
Divorce and Separation – websites to help Single Parents
Inside Divorce – for legal advice, help and support for divorce and marriage problems
Divorce Aid – we are here to support you. We will take you through some of the emotional, child and health issues, as well as explaining some of the legal and financial implications. We shall also assist you after the divorce in our Moving On section.
divorce.co.uk – many aspects of divorce are covered.
Sharing Pensions – a free information website focused on the division of pension rights resulting from UK divorce.
Families Need Fathers keeping children and parents in contact.
ondivorce – an important source of friendly support and a means of easily accessing information and experts.
Parenting Courses to help Single Parents
Family Caring Trust – books, courses, videos and games to help support families.
Parent Coaching Academy – at the Academy, we work successfully with parents like you – parents who are motivated, passionate and committed to being the best parents you can be.
Holidays for Single Parents.
Single Parent Holidays at Singlewithkids.co.uk - Specialising in single parent holidays in the uk and abroad, Single With Kids offers a large choice of destinations at prices to suit all budgets – from camping and glamping breaks through to all inclusive 4 star Mediterranean resorts. The family holidays are all accompanied by a holiday host and are in fun and friendly group settings, ensuring company for adults and children alike.
Single Parents on Holiday – Do you worry about travelling alone with small children? Are you tired of lying by the pool with only your book for company? Do you crave conversation with adults over dinner? At Single Parents on Holiday, we understand your needs!
Family Holiday Association – the holiday charity for families in need.
The Single Parent Travel Club – if you would like to share holidays or days out with other single mums and dads, why not join the SPTC?
Holiday Endeavour For Lone Parent (HELP (London)) – charity dedicated to providing, high quality, low cost, self catering and catered accommodation with entertainment packages which will allow any
lone parent family regardless of income to both afford and enjoy a family holiday.
Small Families – group travel exclusively for single parent families.
Mango Single Parent Holidays – designed exclusively for single parent families. All the holidays are fully escorted by a Mango co-ordinator. You can enjoy adult company whilst your children are busy making friends. Mango offers holidays in the UK and overseas, something for every interest and every budget.
Other holiday suggestions for Single Parents
Family Active Holidays at PGL – normally Parents Get Lost but now Parents Go Live!
Beach Famille family holidays.
Club Med summer and winter all inclusive holidays.
familyholidays.bizcreating memorable holidays in Scotland and Ireland.
Mark Warner – all inclusive family activity holidays.
Eurocamp is the market-leader in self catering holidays to Europe. Our holidays cater for families and couples on 167 superbly equipped holiday parcs in 9 European countries.
Holiday Advice for Single Parents
Travelling With Children – Everything you need when travelling with children
Family Travel – at Family Travel we believe successful family holidays are possible – it’s just a question of choosing the right one for your kids and – just as importantly – the right one for you.
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Trouble With Parenting – single Parenting Troubles
by Michael Webb
If you’re a couple having difficulty in parenting, single parenting is probably more difficult. Single parents sometimes choose their role but, more often, they are single parents because the other parent has divorced them, left them or is in jail. As a single parent, the individual must make all the family decisions unilaterally. If the child gets in trouble, it is the single parent who must take time off from work to deal with the problem.
Despite the best skills in parenting, single parents often have difficulty staying steady with difficult discipline problems. The single parent is often worn down and worn out by difficult children or teens and just can’t maintain the same sense of discipline as a two parent family can do. Children of single parents often get into greater trouble and have less parental supervision that children who live with two parents.
Because of the demands of parenting, single parents have a harder time dating others. Childcare must be arranged and there simply is less time to spend dating and hanging out with friends if time must be devoted to the child or children. This causes the single parent to be angry and to feel left out of the “adult world” due to the constraints of parenthood. Often the time is spent between work and taking care of the children rather than going out with friends or dates.
While dealing with parenting, single parents must have a great deal of stamina and self reliance. They must juggle the demands of work, homework, house cleaning and dealing with the financial aspects of running a family. There may be just one child to deal with or several–all of which have issues they need to have dealt with. When it is a single parent household, the single parent must wear several hats and do a great deal of tasks to keep the family together.
Not naturally skilled in parenting, single parents can be fathers as well as mothers. When a dad runs a household, he must be just as sensitive to girls’ issues as he his to boys’ issues if he has a daughter. Dads are often thought of as the one who brings home the money and not much else. In single parenting, the dad must do a little bit of everything and take the place of a missing mom in the household.
Even with two parents parenting, single parents who trade children back and forth during the week must try to put up a unified front for the children no matter how they feel about each other. Each parent is, in fact, a single parent but is one who must stay within certain parameters so the child doesn’t feel like he or she can “pull one over” on one parent or the other. Discipline styles must be similar and the children must not be allowed to polarize the parents against one another just because they aren’t together as a couple anymore.
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