Single Parents

Five Truths About Christmas When You're Raised By A Single Mother

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McCorquodale

My most memorable Christmas was in 1990 - the year my mother had a zillion jobs to ensure she could brilliantly (and believably) keep the facade of Santa alive on her income alone. One of said jobs was being a cleaner, and driving to drop her off at a factory very early each morning, my mum, grandfather, sister and I would count all the Christmas trees zinging cheerfully from living rooms in our town en route.

Christmas Top Tips for Single Parents

Octavia Holland | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Octavia Holland

Even though money can be tight and your children may not be with you for the whole holiday, there are plenty of ways you can create a special Christmas for your family. Here are some top tips for single parents this Christmas put together by our advice and information team.

Why More Employers Should Make a Flexible Working Resolution

Octavia Holland | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK
Octavia Holland

Unfortunately, despite all the benefits for staff and employers, well-paid and secure flexible work arrangements still prove elusive. Many employers remain faithful to the 9 to 5: after all, for years now, it's been the way to make a living.

Christmas Without the Children

Sara Davison | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

"It's my exes turn to have the children for Christmas this year and it's all I can think about. It makes me so sad to think that I won't share Christmas Day with my kids, they are what Christmas is all about. What can I do?"

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.

Fatherless Britain: What Is a Youth Without a Government?

Jack McSweeney | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jack McSweeney

"Investing so much time in the rich who are coming to the end of their time, instead of investing time in us who have lives to live and haven't yet reached our primes... How can we grow in a world where the dads don't help and the government don't love us?"

Time - Friend or Foe?

Vivienne Smith | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vivienne Smith

They say that time is a wonderful healer; I know for sure that even if it does not heal all wounds, through time we learn to live with them and only when some time has passed can we learn from them.

Sleep Is the Greatest Healer

Natalie Wisdom | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie Wisdom

I hate days like this because I don't want to do this anymore and I dislike myself for not wanting to do this anymore. I miss my old life, not because it was more fulfilling, not by any stretch, merely because it wasn't this; it wasn't 'today'. I miss the life I took for granted whilst watching repeats of programmes I didn't even enjoy very much the first time I watched them.

Six Things You Only Know When You've Been Raised By a Single Mother

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McCorquodale

Growing up with a single mum is a bit different to having two parents - and not just because there's one less person in the house. But it's also amazing, and ahead of Mother's Day we're raising a glass to all the single mothers. Here's six things you only know if she brought you up by herself...

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 ...

Why Has It Taken This Long for Dads to Be Noticed?

Molly McGreevy | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Molly McGreevy

According a web survey by insurance company Aviva, 18% of couples split childcare responsibilities evenly, with 6% of men now the primary carer of their child. Pushing the figure from 6,000 in 2000 to 600,000 in 2010. And in a less scientific survey done by myself sat in the window of my front room at 3:30pm, more and more Dads are at the school gates.

'Misleading And Inaccurate'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A think tank has been accused of putting forward "misleading and inaccurate myths" after publishing a report saying that almost one in four single-par...

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.

Dear Richard Littlejohn - Here's Some Polish for That Turd

Jack Monroe | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jack Monroe

Dear Richard Littlejohn, I've read your trash non-journalism 'comment' piece about me in the Daily Mail this morning - not because it is a newspaper I read, but because a friend forwarded it to me. Firstly, I have to commend you for managing to get so many facts completely wrong in a comparatively short article. But that's your style isn't it - never let the truth get in the way of a good smear campaign, or something like that.

The Empty Chair

Beth Phillips | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

I am fully expecting the most difficult 'empty chair moments' to be those in the future when I will sit and watch our boys participating in events such as their Christmas nativity plays, their graduations, or on their wedding days. I have every confidence that one of my many supporters will be there to sit next to me, but it should be the boys' daddy who is there to watch and be proud of them, alongside me.

Spending Review: Comprehensively Putting the Boot In

Caroline Davey | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Davey

So the government's Spending Review for 2015-2016 has been delivered. To the usual fanfare of cheering and jeering in the House of Commons, Chancellor George Osborne kicked off with the assertion that we're "all in this together" - is that still going? - but then comprehensively managed to prove quite the opposite.

'Electoral Halitosis'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK Politics

A perception that David Cameron does not like single parents is "electoral halitosis", his former spin doctor has warned. Andy Coulson said the Pri...

Something Is Badly Broken When Children Don't Know What Work Is

Christian Guy | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Christian Guy

Consider this: a child is asked what she wants to be when she's older and she cannot answer. Not because she has a plethora of favoured options and can't make up her mind, but because she has no concept of what work is or that she can achieve something. These are our children growing up in homes without work, and neighbourhoods where the majority of households lack employment.

Five Ways to Fake a Break and Avoid Parenting Burnout

Zoe Armstrong | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Armstrong

Before it was wrong, children often toiled alongside their parents. For their parents. Now we work for them. Like tiny benign overlords they preside over us. Arguably it's better this way. But sometimes, when my toddler rides me like a mule after 12 hours of one-to-one fun, only marginally so.

The Indignity of Indiscipline (And Why Too Much Parenting Advice Leaves Me Bemused, Confused and All Out of 'Instinct')

Zoe Armstrong | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Armstrong

During a brief stint teaching, my shoes were captured and held to ransom by students. I don't remember the detail of their demands, just that I was h...

Why Two Heads Are Better Than One

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Two parents may be better than one for encouraging normal brain development in growing children, research suggests. Scientists discovered differenc...

A Moment Missed - Why I Regret My Nesting-Instinct-Gone-Wild

Zoe Armstrong | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Armstrong

When my daughter was four months old I decided it would be the thing to sell up and shift our new and amorphous life together two-hundred miles south....

Budget 2013 - What Does It Mean for Single Parents?

Caroline Davey | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Davey

George Osborne started his budget speech by saying it was "a Budget for people who aspire to work hard and get on". Given that we know single parents absolutely aspire to work hard and want to get on, what was there in the budget to help them?

A Baby and a Backpack in Paris - Why Travelling Alone With a Toddler Is Nothing to Fear

Zoe Armstrong | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Armstrong

It is written: travelling (alone) with a young child will inevitably lead to trauma. Turns out that's bunkum. It's a far greater strain to have your world shrink suddenly at the point of giving birth than to witness toddler meltdown on the Eurostar. Even when it's rammed.

'Off the Shelf' Employment Support Fails Single Parents

Caroline Davey | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Davey

While some media might have us believe that most single parents are shunning work in favour of a 'lifestyle' on out-of-work benefits, the reality is starkly different. Single parents are highly motivated to work. After all, they're the sole breadwinners for their families - families which face twice the risk of living in poverty than those headed up by a couple.