Single parenting is not the same as regular parenting when there are both mother and father in the household for the child or children. Because of this fact, a single parent will need to adjust his/her life in order to be a good parent and still enjoy life as a parent. There are some helpful support and encouragement information that will assist any single parent be a better parent to the child/children.
Spend valuable time with your children: The single parent can be a little more organized and spent some quality time with their children. This will depend on the daily necessary activities of the parent, such as working away from home or working at home, and shift work or working only at nights. But in any case, arranging some amount of time to be with your own kids will be helpful to the parent and children. Children needs to feel wanted and receive attention, so activities like reading together, walking, cleaning the home, attending community or city sports and recreational activities, will help to create friendship, bonding and avoid bad behavior form kids who do so to get attention.
Be consistent in setting and implementing rules: Make your rules the same all the time without them being the kind of rules other parents are using with their kids. Precision, clarity and consistency are important in implementing the rules. Another essential point in this respect is to make sure relatives in the home, baby sitters and friends know and follow the rules to avoid any conflicting atmosphere that may cause children to become confused and unresponsive.
The single parent will need to remember to criticize the specific bad behavior of children and not the kids themselves: Practice to focus on the issue at hand, such as an error or bad decision that was made and not the child/children personality. Explaining the correct thing to say and do to the kids will be much more helpful than verbally abusing the child for a mistake. The emphasis here is on the issue for correction, not the child. And in light of this, also remember to consistently praise your children when say and do the right things. But teach and encourage them to do the right thing with honesty and sincerity, and not just to impress someone and the parent.
Implement real order in the lives of your kids: Here the single parent is being encouraged to have regular schedule of meals, sleeping times, viewing television, playing and recreational activities, among other similar events in the lives of the child/children. In reality, some changes will become necessary from time to time. In such cases, the parent will need to tell the kids ahead of time to avoid frustration and anger from the child. The changes should also be less frequent so as to avoid interrupting the organized order of daily activities.
Ensuring the safety of your children: The parent will need to take certain steps to ensure that their child is safe and so provide comfort and stability in the mind of the child. The proper physical arrangement of the home, place of day-care or school, community playing area and such alike, come to mind here. The consistent presence of an adult with younger kids will also matter here. This will, for example, help to prevent the abduction or drifting of children into the hands of a child abuser, or violent child, teen or adult. The safety of your child must never be compromise, especially when they are very young.
Always communicate effectively with your kids: Listening to the needs and concerns of your child will help both the parent and the child develop a better relationship. Show them that what they are saying to you is important and you are interested in their needs and opinions. This is part of the love of the parent to the child. A hug every now and then will also help. Positive feedback to the child through listening and communication effectively will always matter in the development of a good relationship base on trust, reliability, loyalty and support.
The financial and social-relationship of the single parent will also be important to the child and parent as this affects the relationship. If the single parent is employed, but is not in a relationship with an adult, for example, then the parent will need to examine his/her self to determine if this is by choice or because of the unfortunate situation of not meeting the most suitable person. Here the issue of single parent frustration and anger being projected to the kids may become an issue that can change a good single parent into a poor one. Getting good advice and support form social professionals, family and friends will help to avoid unwanted or unintended behaviors by the single parent.
The other issue of money, job and financial stability can also affect the single parent. I is never a good thing when someone is not employed, especially the single parent. The cost of rent, food, transportation, medical attention, school fees, and such alike, for example, is real life issues. So the single parent will need to correct an unemployed status in his/her life, in the interest of the parent and child. City, state and federal financial support agencies are to be approached by the parent for support. Family and friends support will only be temporary, in many cases, so seeking and getting a job for the long-term benefit of the child and parent is necessary to help ensure good parenting.
Therefore, there are support and information for the single parent to help him/her be and become a better parent. The issues presented above are for both the benefit of the parent and child. The Love of the parent to the child must never be compromised. The financial and social relationship or status of the parent is essential to the success of good and excellent single parenting. So they cannot be ignored. But the parent will need to take the initiative to improve his/her single parenting life in the interest of the parent and child.