The Single Mum's Survival Guide: How to Pick Up the Pieces and Build a Happy New Life

The Single Mum's Survival Guide: How to Pick Up the Pieces and Build a Happy New Life

by Vivienne Smith

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ISBN-13: 9781614488262
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Vivienne Smith is a writer, trainer, presenter, transformational coach, and certified n e uro-linguistic programmin g (NLP) and hypnosis practitioner. She is also a Regional Director of the Athena Group, an international networking, training and development business community for female executives and entrepreneurs. Her experience as a single mum prompted Vivienne to write a book about the subject. It has been the fulfilment of a long term ambition to turn what was at the time a negative and distressing experience into an opportunity to help others get through similar challenges. Now happily remarried, she lives with her husband and two sons in beautiful West Sussex, on the south coast of England.

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Jennifer, Kayleigh and Andrea were all lucky to have the support and care of family in their hour of need. If at all possible, I would recommend that you enlist the help of a loving family member or even best friend. It’s not a good time to be alone in the early days and the presence of someone who cares about you can be immensely reassuring, both for you and the children. If there’s no one round the corner that can come and keep you company for at least some of the time, make sure you keep in regular telephone touch with your loved ones-an evening telephone call to check in with someone who cares can feel like a lifeline at the moment. It is also a good idea to inform your healthcare provider. I know in my case that my doctor was extremely sympathetic and immediately put me under the care of a counsellor, to help me come to terms with my loss and cope with the bleak aftermath of my husband’s departure. Your doctor may also prescribe sleeping pills or anti-depressants (happy pills, as Andrea calls them) and of course your doctor is the most qualified person to judge your individual situation but my advice is to proceed with extreme caution here, so that you are not faced with a tricky withdrawal process further down the line. It is certainly worth investigating some of the natural remedies as well, which do not have harmful side effects or addictive qualities.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements    

CHAPTER ONE    
Dealing With The Break-Up Whether It’s Your Decision Or His

CHAPTER TWO    
Telling the Kids

CHAPTER THREE    
Divorce and Separation
Mistakes to Avoid, Dos and Don’ts

CHAPTER FOUR    
Finances
Keeping Your Head Above Water

CHAPTER FIVE    
Co-parenting After Divorce
Dealing With Friends and Family
Recreating the Old Relationships to Suit Your New Life

CHAPTER SIX    
Staying Fit and Healthy and Keeping Your Energy Levels High
Creating Happy Memories That Your Family Will Treasure
Building Your Support Network

CHAPTER SEVEN    
Ongoing Support For the Children
Dealing With Their Grief and Their Behaviour When They “Act Out”
What They Are Going Through
Rules and Values
School Plays and Holidays

CHAPTER EIGHT    
Time For You
Creating a Sanctuary
Recharging Your Batteries
Making the Most of Time When Your Ex Has the Kids

CHAPTER NINE    
Working as a Single Mother
Finding Child Care
Learning New Skills To Help You Manage the House
The Power of the Mums’ Network
Asking For Help

CHAPTER TEN    
The Forgiveness Process

CHAPTER ELEVEN    
Dating Again – Dos and Don’ts

CHAPTER TWELVE    
How to Decide if He’s Right?
Creating the Perfect Partner List
Features of a Successful Relationship    

CHAPTER THIRTEEN    
Dealing With the Challenges of Blended Families
Successfully Stepping From Being a Single Mum to Creating a Blended Family With a New Partner

CHAPTER FOURTEEN    
Being Contentedly Single
Celebrating Your Achievements

CHAPTER FIFTEEN    
Happy Ever After?
Moving On

About the Author    
Resources: Help and Advice for Single Mothers    
Bibliography

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