It can be tough for Wisconsin residents to navigate parenting solo. While some people decide to co-parent after a divorce, some people end up becoming single parents to their kids.
First steps to take
As a single parent, you’ll want to make sure you have support after the divorce. This can come in the form of family members or close friends or even your larger community.
Places like your church or other parenting groups might be great places to build a larger sense of community. This community can help you feel less alone as you navigate being a single parent.
Ignoring emotions can lead to single parents feeling more isolated, especially after separating from their spouse. You’ll want to be honest with yourself about your feelings and share your thoughts and feelings with those around you.
After all, you’ve built up this community to lean on when you need to. Expressing that you’re feeling frustrated, alone, sad, etc. allows your support network to give you the help you need.
Take care of yourself as well
Single parenting can be an incredibly taxing job. Many parents will run themselves into the ground trying to make up for the fact that it’s just them – but this can backfire horribly.
You’ll want to make sure that you’re taken care of in the sense that you’re eating enough, sleeping enough, and doing what you need to do for your own health and well-being. But you’ll also want to honor your limits, and call for backup when needed.
You might also might feel guilt over being a single parent or that your kid is missing out. It’s important not to let these feelings get to you. Ultimately, you took the steps to ensure you and your kids were safe – even if it meant parenting by yourself.