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Is there such a thing as a “successful single parent?” Yes. Is it easy to achieve? No. That’s why there’s lots of help out there for parents who suddenly find themselves taking on the task of raising kids alone after a divorce, a separation or death.
We don’t have to tell you that it can be tough out there – especially when you’re going it alone. However, it can be helpful to know what changes to recognize in your child’s behavior – as well as your own – in a few key areas:
The key is to recognize those changes and take appropriate action. Parents also need to “check themselves” from time to time to see how they are dealing under their new circumstances and get whatever help they need in order to be present for their kids.
Children can also feel resentful at not getting all of the things they once did (If it hadn’t been for the divorce, I could have gotten….). Make sure your child understands a tighter budget is simply that. It means less money – not less love.
Take all of the tasks that still have to get done (shopping, laundry, cooking, cleaning, driving, homework, bathing … the list goes on and on), put that all on one person and you’ve got task overload. If you can get help – take it. If not, recognize that some things may have to give a bit and choose to spend any amount of free time doing things you and kids enjoy. The lawn can wait one more day…
Numerous North Carolina organizations exist to help single parents be the best they can be. Here are links to just a few in greater North Carolina metropolitan areas and others around the state:
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