Research suggests that single-parent families are more vulnerable to social isolation and mental health difficulties.
Being a single-parent can be challenging to say the least. Single-parents may often feel thinly spread, overwhelmed and underappreciated. Most single-parents juggle their household responsibilities with work, which leaves very little time for themselves. Their parenting responsibilities are no different to that of those married – but the difference is that they have a stronger sense of feeling like they are doing it on their own. Single-parenting exacerbates the pressures of raising kids, especially in the 21st century.
Some parents report:
- Experiencing feelings of loneliness & shame
- Dealing with the stigma and sometimes ongoing criticism from family and friends
- Challenging relationships with their children
- Animosity with their ex-partner
- Difficulties with managing their finances
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING THIS GROUP:
- Have a safe space to share the daily challenges they face in single-parenting
- Be equipped with evidence-based strategies in dealing with their stressors
- Have personal experiences normalized through the power of sharing
- Feel a sense of containment and support with what they are experiencing at present
- Meet other single-parents and have the opportunity to broaden their social circle
Support Group Etiquette:
Participation and respect for the group and for others is important. Please ensure that your video camera is turned on for the full duration of the group, just as you would if you were seeing others face-to-face for an in-person group. Admission into the group will close 10 minutes after it has started. We thank you in advance and look forward to welcoming you.