Being a Single Parent
One of the major challenges of being a parent is simply finding someone to look after your children when you can’t. Chances are, you’re going to be juggling parenthood with at least one, possibly two jobs. If you’re not making a lot of money, simply paying someone to look after the kids can be a big expense. If your kids are pre-school age, finding a good daycare is essential – and you can often have the cost of this paid for, at least partially, by child support.
If your kids are school age this won’t be as much of an issue, but, there’s still the problem of getting someone to look after them occasionally so you can have some personal time. It’s hard for single parents to find time to have the much needed “me” time, but it’s important to make an effort to get out now and then and keep in contact with friends.
Allowing yourself to become isolated, feeling ‘stuck’ at home with the kids, can lead to emotional and resentment issues. Find a good babysitter – preferably someone you know, or someone recommended by a friend. If you have family capable of taking care of the children, they will usually be your best option. Grandparents can make a great resource for the needed time away and also affords the grandparents the much desires quality time with the grandkids.
Getting help collecting the child support you deserve is also a great stress remedy. If you are not getting the financial support needed from the non-custodial parent, there are agencies out there to help! Consider having Support Collectors evaluate your case! A conversations on the options available for your case is a great way to gain control of your situation and get the support you deserve!