Single Parents

Don't Give Up on Love!

Jolene Setterfield | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jolene Setterfield

Don't ever give up on love. One thing I believe to be true is that, life is ALWAYS conspiring on our behalf, and I have absolutely no regrets in any of it, no matter how hard it got (and boy did it get hard!!). Keep the faith, keep looking ahead and allow your heart to soften, and your dreams to blossom. Don't let life toughen you too much, often when there is a heartbreak it can be a blessing in disguise to allow an even better match in to your life.

Single Mum Refused 'Family Meal Deal' Because She 'Wasn't A Family'

SWNS | Amy Packham | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Parents

A single mum felt “disgusted” when she was told she couldn’t have the ‘Family Meal Deal’ at the cinema because she “wasn’t a family”. ...

How This Dad Is Inspiring Divorced Parents To Create Peace

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Parents

A dad’s inspiring message about the reality of divorce when you have children has touched thousands of people across the world. Sean Whalen, from th...

What's It Like to Be a Single Mother by Choice?

Elaine Cogan | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK Parents
Elaine Cogan

thriving families.jpg I have met other women in my situation, but only by looking for them; by joining online and offline groups of people who decided that donor conception was right for them. We seem to be growing in number, but that may just be my perception, skewed by media interest and by my own efforts to find like-minded women...

More Struggling Single Parent Than Thriving Family

Benjamin Brooks-Dutton | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Parents
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

In PR circles I suppose I qualify as a 'daddy blogger' because I have a five-year-old son, whom I raise alone. However, if you're looking to indulge in a 'family' blog then you may find mine a little decimated. The topic is more 'struggling single parent' than 'thriving family'.

What Makes the 'Perfect Single Parent'?

Jeff Brazier | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Parents
Jeff Brazier

A single parent is a manager; a manager of lives, time and of an environment and we have to divide our time and energy up amongst those who rely on us, the means to fund the process and the fuel to keep us going. It's the toughest job in the world, but also the most rewarding.

Holly Willoughby Would Have Opted For Sperm Donation If She Hadn't Met Her Husband

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Parents

Holly Willoughby revealed she would have used a sperm donor to have children if she hadn't met the right person. The 35-year-old, who has three childr...

The Best Holidays for Single Parents

Cathy Winston | Posted 29.06.2016 | 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.

A Guide to Dating a Single Mum

Suzanne Day | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Parents
Suzanne Day

When mums are going on a date they are leaving their beloved offspring with someone that isn't them, which means they tend to worry a tad. So yep, if your mum date sees a notification flashing up on their screen they will of course look at it. But it totally doesn't mean you are boring them (probably)!

A Single Mother's Journey to Becoming a Dentist

Keely Thorne | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Parents
Keely Thorne

Finally, after 5 long, hard years, I'm just weeks away from graduating from dental school. This is something that seemed almost impossible a few years ago; when I found out I was pregnant during my second year of this difficult course. Even more impossible when, at 7 months pregnant I also became single.

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.