Single Parenting

Single Dads Like Me Don't Have To Go It Alone

Nav Mirza | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Parents
Nav Mirza

So, as I write this, two years in to being a full-time dad, I am as determined as ever to provide the best upbringing for my child, and through Dads Unlimited to boost the chances for other children like him by support, care and understanding for this growing population of single dads.

Is There Still A Stigma To Single Parenting?

Alli Plunkett | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Parents
Alli Plunkett

In 2008 when I separated from my children's father I didn't really give becoming a single mother a second thought. It wasn't a choice, it was just something I was going to have to do. I don't recall feeling any stigma at the time, and I certainly haven't ever received any abusive comments from any one that I know. Unless I was just too busy 'getting on with it' to notice.

Is 'Semi-Separating' The New Divorce?

Sara Davison | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

Often there is a slow and natural drifting apart that takes place as the relationship comes to an end. There are three stages in the semi-separating process before the final decision to divorce is made.

Becoming A Single Parent: The Change Curve

Anita Cleare | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Anita Cleare

Becoming a single parent was the worst and the best thing that has ever happened to me. At the time, it was devastating: I felt I had screwed up my life and my children's lives fundamentally, irreversibly, unforgivably.

The Best Holidays for Single Parents

Cathy Winston | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Parents
Cathy Winston

Doing all this as a single parent - with the potential financial penalties for travelling as the sole adult - can seem like a huge challenge. But now there are around two million lone parents with dependent children in the UK, more travel companies are waking up to the demand. Here are my trips on booking a holiday for single parents, whether it's your first or fifth, and whatever age your kids are.

Single and Still Breastfeeding

Ella Davis | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Parents
Ella Davis

One of my son's favourite phrases is 'I need milk'. After a particularly hard day I want to reply, 'I need sleep'! But I don't. I give him his milk, from my breast. I've been doing this for two years (and counting). It's been agony, annoying, boring, enjoyable, exhausting, peaceful and many things beside.

11 Realities of Single Motherhood

Ella Davis | Posted 14.01.2017 | UK Parents
Ella Davis

My son's giggles are the best sound ever - fact. We often have a boogie. Or tickles before bed. If I had a partner I'd have less time for this. What's more, because of all the things we are missing out on I make extra effort to fill the house with laughter.

Amicable Divorce Is Just as Damaging for Children

Sara Davison | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

Many divorcing parents struggle to identify the best approach for the children. It is a roller coaster at the best of times and when you throw children into the mix it becomes a minefield of emotional management.

Is Being A Single Parent Still A Social Taboo?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you're a single parent, or if you grew up in a single parent family, you'll know that mothers and fathers who parent alone have one of the hardest ...

Bad Santa - a Very Modern Christmas Story

Zoe Armstrong | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Armstrong

So we went to visit Father Christmas in his grotto (Knightsbridge outpost). A lovely day out for my daughter and her best friend, were it not for the terror.

Roles and Responsibilities

Beth Phillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

My roles have shifted unexpectedly and quite dramatically, but it is my responsibility to make the best of the situation in which the boys and I now find ourselves. It's a responsibility I intend to take very seriously.

Supporting Children Following the Sudden Death of a Parent

Beth Phillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

The day-to-day support that children need during the grieving process is extensive and is required at a time when the other parent (in this instance, me) is at their lowest ebb. One thing that I have learnt in the last six months is that the grieving process is a very individual thing.

Six Months on - Lessons Learnt So Far

Beth Phillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

The last six months have been a steep learning curve in so many respects. One of the first things I realised was that while my world might have temporarily stopped turning, the world in general had not...

Dealing With Bereavement

Beth Phillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

I am learning fast that dealing with bereavement is very definitely a marathon, not a sprint. With many things in life, I expect to be able to 'carry on regardless' in a week or two. I wasn't naïve enough to put the death of my gorgeous husband in that bracket.

Taking the Next Step

Beth Phillips | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

Sam, Thomas and I have just returned from a week's holiday on a farm in Cornwall. It was a big step for all of us. Dunc and I had booked it in January, in a moment of being unusually organised. When he died in April this year, I quickly realised that the holiday was looming.

The Challenges of Life After Dunc's Death (Part Two)

Beth Phillips | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

I know that there are friends who would have done their utmost to come to our aid, but ultimately they all have families to attend to, and places to be. Dunc's unconditional love for all three of us is irreplaceable and its loss immeasurable.

Why Is UK Family Breakdown Rate So High?

PA | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK

The UK has one of the highest rates of family breakdown in the Western world with just two thirds of children living with both parents, according to r...

Parenting Teenagers: Making Mistakes

Elena Barbiero | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Elena Barbiero

The teenage years, a little like the 'terrible twos', are a stepping stone in the individual's development: from baby to toddler, and from child to young adult. They each indicate the transition from one important stage to a very different one: but why is it often so challenging to deal with teenagers?

David Cameron: 'Children Should be Seen and Not Heard

Shan Ellis | Posted 03.09.2012 | UK Politics
Shan Ellis

Last week David Cameron unveiled his master plan to cut 10 billion from the Welfare budget by 2016. How? By forcing the under 25's to seek refuge with their parents until they turn 25.

A Strange Gift

Suzy Miller | Posted 29.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Suzy Miller

It's a January morning in 2003 and I can't bring myself to take the kids to school. What will I say when someone asks me "How are you?" The answer, yo...

Get Real, Gwyneth: Why Working Mums Don't Need Any More Guilt, Thanks

Michelle Beckett | Posted 06.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Beckett

Thanks Gwyneth. I was having a bad day ANYWAY, until you made me feel even worse. Guilt rears its ugly head enough for us full time working mums, without you wading in to the fray telling us we need to "compromise" to be a mother and run a successful family.

No Riots for this Single Parent's Kid

Joanna Papageorgiou | Posted 15.10.2011 | UK Politics
Joanna Papageorgiou

David Lammy will be more successful in reducing rioting in the future if he brings to task the government rather than point his finger at us single parents.