Single Parents

My Glamorous Life Single Parenting Tweens

Anna J Lawrence | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Parents
Anna J Lawrence

We started up a chores rota in our house this week. It didn't go down well. Especially with The Colonel. My eldest, The Captain, despite having Asper...

Kids' Brilliant Dating Advice: Should You Text Or Call After A First Date?

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Parents

The perils of dating can leave the best of us at a loss for what to do. Sometimes we just need to take the simple approach, as these kids (who are ...

My Advice to Other Single Parents: Never Give Up, Never Give In

Neil Anning | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Parents
Neil Anning

Stay strong and have your voice heard, don't be afraid to ask for help, it's not a sign of weakness, it's actually a sign of true strength, knowing you're willing to do whatever it takes to survive, because we all need a little help sometimes! Life is never going be easy but if you stick at it and give it your all, I swear it'll be totally worth it!

What Makes a Good Role Model?

Suzanne Day | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Parents
Suzanne Day

I have a daughter who does see her Dad and has other male influences in her life too. Though I am happy she has men around that she loves, I would not be worried if her sole 'inner circle' was made up of women.

Thousands of Single Parents Set to Miss Out Under Childcare Bill

Dalia Ben-Galim | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Politics
Dalia Ben-Galim

There's considerable support across parliament to make certain groups exempt in exceptional circumstances, such as the victims of domestic violence, and we'd like to see the same for those who are in training and attempting to upskill in order to move into employment. This means exempting single parents from the 16-hour commitment.

Single Dad With Aspergers Writes Poignant Account Of Fatherhood

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Parents

A single dad with Aspergers has given people "goosebumps" by sharing his moving account of becoming a father. The dad, who hasn't been named, expla...

11 Realities of Single Motherhood

Ella Davis | Posted 14.01.2016 | 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.

Restaurant Praised For Bathroom Sign That Makes Parents 'More Comfortable'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Parents

A restaurant has been praised for a sign in their unisex bathroom that helps mums and dads avoid awkward situations. Pure Pizza in North Carolina ...

Single Mum Brought To Tears By Anonymous Christmas Gesture

SWNS | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Parents

A big-hearted secret Santa brought some Christmas cheer to a cash-strapped single mum by posting £100 cash through her door. Claire Rock, 44, had...

Single Mum With Cancer Will Leave Behind 'Miracle' Son

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Parents

A single mum diagnosed with a rare form of cancer is heartbroken after being told chemotherapy will no longer work for her, meaning she will have to l...

Newly Single Dad Takes Seriously Sassy Family Photos

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Parents

A dad is embracing single parenthood by taking the alternative family photos he's always wanted. Mike Allen, who now shares custody of his two dau...

Cristiano Ronaldo's Mini Me Son Steals The Show

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Parents

Cristiano Ronaldo's adorable son stole the show during the world premiere of the 'Ronaldo' documentary in London. Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, five, wore ...

Non-Resident Parents Who Avoid Paying for Their Responsibilities

Janette Davey | Posted 18.10.2015 | UK Parents
Janette Davey

If the Government focused more on getting non-resident parents to pay the full amount and to not get away with the four ways that non-resident parents typically use to avoid payment, there would be less child poverty and less stressed single parents struggling to make ends meet.

Tax Credit Cuts Will Hit Single Parents Hardest

Octavia Holland | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Politics
Octavia Holland

We are very worried the cuts to tax credits put a further barrier in place for these single parents who want to support their families in work. Because if upping your hours, or winning that promotion means you lose more tax credit cuts than you gain in pay, taking that next step might not make financial sense.

Going Solo: Responding to Press Coverage About the 'Elective Single Mum'

Dr Su Holmes | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Parents
Dr Su Holmes

The emphasis on the lack of stigma faced by such women may also negate the extent to which we might be acutely aware of the ways in which we still differ from the idea of 'normative' family set-ups, even if we don't encounter the kind of prejudice spouted above in our everyday lives.

Awesome New Comic Book Celebrates Single Mums

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Parents

A new comic from Dennis Liu is championing the true powers of single parents in order to call for more diversity in the comic book world. Called '...

Parenting Twins Plus One... Solo!

Helen Turier | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Turier

When my twin girls were nine months old and my son was two, my husband packed his bags and left. To say it was a tough time would be an understatement. I wasn't a one parent family by choice. I had never intended to bring up my kids this way. But you can't change the circumstances- all you can do it make the best of what you've got.

There's No Shame In Being Dumped While Pregnant

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

If your partner leaves during pregnancy it might be a blow to your self-esteem, but one thing women shouldn't feel is shame, according to charities an...

100 Days of the New Government: the Government Risks Failing Single Parent Families

Octavia Holland | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Politics
Octavia Holland

The tone for single parent families was set by the government's decision to abandon the child poverty targets it had signed up to, and replace an internationally recognised measure of poverty with one its policy advisers have come up with.

As a Low Income Single Parent, I Feel That No Matter How Hard I Work, I Will Always Be Struggling to Provide for My Children

Janette Davey | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Politics
Janette Davey

Eight months after the Conservative's conference, came the Budget. A budget that promised to help working people. Yet, for me and millions of other low income working parents, instead of helping us, we are going to be struggling financially.

Mum Fights Off Burglar After Waking To Find Him Stood Over Her Bed

SWNS | Rachel McDermott | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Parents

A single mother has described the moment she fought off a burglar, while her two children were in the next room. Ffyona McKeating, 43, said she wr...

The Budget: A Nervous Wait for Single Parents

Octavia Holland | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Politics
Octavia Holland

We've been hearing from single parents who are incredibly worried about the cuts they are hearing about in the media and are anxiously waiting to hear where the axe will fall in the Chancellor's statement.

Is the Real Price of Childcare Child Poverty?

Octavia Holland | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Octavia Holland

The government is committed to make work pay and deliver a fairer welfare system. It also has a duty to reduce child poverty enshrined in the Child Poverty Act. Acting on childcare for those who need it most - and acting now - will go some way to realising these promises.

Will My Children Like My Girlfriend?

Ben Adams | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Parents
Ben Adams

Dating after kids is a different world from dating before kids. No longer does my date have to impress my mother over Sunday lunch before the relationship becomes serious. Now, I care more about whether she impresses my children.

What Will the Queen's Speech Mean for Single Parents?

Octavia Holland | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
Octavia Holland

In recent times, an already tough job has got that much harder. The recession coupled with drastic cuts to public spending has left many single parents worse off, fighting just to keep their heads above water.