Being a single parent can be an isolating experience. You may miss having someone to share special moments with such as your child's first smile or a particular achievement at school, or simply that evenings and weekends are lonely when you would otherwise have stayed in or gone out with your partner.

Here are some tips to make the most of the positive aspects of being a single parent and overcome any feelings of isolation:

  • Please yourself. Do whatever you want to do with your life that you may not have considered whilst you were with a partner. See our section on Embracing Single Life for ideas
  • Balance your needs with that of your children. Don't feel guilty for taking time out for yourself as it will refresh you and ultimately put you in a better position to care for your children
  • Contact friends. Include any you may have lost touch with since your marriage. Let them know that you would love to go out sometime and that you are not confined to your parental duties every hour of every day. If babysitting is an issue babysitting
  • Link up with other single parents. Join a support group or find your local parent and toddler group
  • Interact in the "adult" world. Many parents crave adult company when their children are young and they are consumed with their care. Get out to meet new people by retraining and returning to work even if only on a part time or casual basis to begin with
  • Study from home. A part time home study course can be a great way to fill up empty evenings and give you something to work towards for yourself and a possible future career. Click here for information on home study
  • Use a meet up app to chat to others online, or look for internet forums or try gaming as this can be a good way to build an online social network

Support Groups

Joining a support group can have many advantages such as support when you are feeling low, help when you are ill, shared babysitting and social events for you and your children. If you are looking for a local support group try 

  • Your local library 
  • Your local faith group, many churches for example run parent and toddler groups 
  • The Citizen's Advice Bureau 
  • Social Services 
  • Your health visitor 
  • Your GP or community health centre

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Single Parent Links

Contact a Family
Support for families with disabled children

Gingerbread
Single parent support network

Splitz
Support for people suffering abuse or domestic violence

Think You Know
Online safety for childtren and young people

Click here for more links for single people >