Would it be at all shocking to you, to hear and learn that as many as
ONE THIRD of families in the USA today, are headed up by a single parent (both male and female representatives)?
Personal circumstance, divorce, abandonment, even death, leaves the main custodial, remaining parent having to cope with all the care giving, nurturing, role-modeling, challenges, rewards, obstacles and joys meant for a partnership of TWO! It can be overwhelming and wonderful, nightmarish and extremely tough – all at once. This practical, hands-on guide will take an overview of some of these and offer advice that can be used EVERY DAY!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
(i) Why a book on the Rewards and Challenges of Single Parents?
(ii) Some introductory definitions…
Who is really in question here?
What and whom are single parents, as individuals, as a group?
What do we mean by ‘single parenting’?
(iii) Why the dual focus rewards and challenges?
B. SECTION I: BREAKING WITH THE OLD AND GETTING ON WITH THE NEW!
Parenting Generally speaking - The value of a parent
Nurturing close connections and bonds, roles and responsibilities – connections that matter and make a difference
Solving behavioral problems and encouraging confidence – meeting children where they are
Strategies for dealing with parenting difficulties, facing a new situation and a unique set of ‘operating’ principles
C. SECTION II: MAKING EVERYDAY COUNT AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
The transition and new circumstance – journeying down the path of the single parent
Seeing things from the child’s point of view
A new path and survival plan for single parents – rewards and challenges
NEW FAMILY UNIT
SCHOOL, SOCIETY AND FAMILY
LOSS OF A PARENT (divorce, death, abandonment)
D. References, Resources, Online Links and Support Group