Single Parents

Money Matters - Theresa May Must Take Rising Child Poverty Seriously To Tackle Social Justice

Sumi Rabindrakumar | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Politics
Sumi Rabindrakumar

If this government is as committed to reducing poverty as it claims, its social justice strategy must avoid the blame-game when supporting families, and set out a vision for how we can move towards adequate incomes and sustainable work.

Single And Motivated - But Are You Happy?

Emma Williamson | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Parents
Emma Williamson

It's 37 minutes past seven in the evening and I'm wondering if I should write about a slightly taboo topic. Taboo because no-one wants to receive the backlash of opinions when speaking for or against single parenthood!

The Great British Benefits Handout: Love Is All They Need

Lee Healey | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Lee Healey

Looking down at people on benefits is unhelpful. It's counterproductive, mean and unnecessary. What families on benefits need right now, in this changing world is love, support and a chance.

Single Mum Finds Out About 'Dad Day' At Son's Nursery, Steps Up In The Best Way

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Parents

A single mum who found out her son’s nursery was inviting fathers to come in for a “dad day”, stepped up to make sure her boy didn’t feel left...

Sing Like Your Life Depends On It: How Songwriting Helped Me Through Grief

Ben Westwood | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Westwood

What's the worst word in the English language? It's not what you think. It's not four letters, but nine - "malignant". One month shy of her 36th birthday, my wife Carolina handed me the results of her biopsy, which indicated advanced breast cancer. I felt like the earth was swallowing me up. It was October 11, 2011.

Building A Bond With My Son

Sarah Fisher | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Fisher

As a parent we want to build a bond with our child and when I adopted my son I thought it would be relatively easy to do. After all, I'd had some training, done some reading and was used to working with children, how hard could it be?

7 Dating Tips For Newly-Single Parents

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Parents

Parenthood is demanding enough without feeling the pressure of re-igniting your romantic life and getting back on the horse after a split. It can be ...

Being Gay Doesn't Make My Family Dysfunctional

Tuvia Borok | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Tuvia Borok

I accept that some people still don't understand LGBT parenting as a concept, and may question its validity. Once you meet a gay parent, you quickly realise we are just as tired, run down and always questioning if we are getting it right, just as any other parent.

Getting Divorced: January Is Divorce Season

Ella Davis | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ella Davis

Divorce is often a difficult journey and whilst that journey varies from person to person, almost everyone only reaches their Divorce Monday after having tried harder than most people can imagine possible. Whilst there's no denying that divorce is a hard path to take, it's certainly no failure.

More Than A Third Of Working Dads Would Take A Pay Cut To Spend More Time With Their Kids

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Parents

More than a third of working fathers would take a pay cut to achieve a better work/life balance and spend more time with their kids, a report has reve...

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.

Why January Jones Isn't Worried That Her Son Doesn't Have A Dad Around

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Parents

January Jones has opened up about being a single mum to her five-year-old son Xander. The 38-year-old actress, who has never revealed the name of her...

Single Dad Outdoes Himself With Incredible Christmas Hair Creations For His Daughter

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Parents

A single dad who took a class so he could learn how to plait his daughter’s hair has outdone himself with his latest creations. Greg Wickherst, a si...

How To Survive Christmas As A Single Parent

Ella Davis | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Parents
Ella Davis

So, if you're prone to gazing in to strangers windows and wishing you were snuggled up with your partner watching the kids open their presents in front of a log fire (we can all dream, right?), then this advice may help you make it through the festive season without too many emotional meltdowns.

Scrutiny of Benefit Sanctions Mustn't End Here

Sumi Rabindrakumar | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Sumi Rabindrakumar

For single parents, who are disproportionately affected by unfair sanctions, this is a sad state of affairs. And that's why this month's National Audit Office report on benefit sanctions is such a necessary wake-up call.

Making Time To Listen To Bereaved Children

Benjamin Brooks-Dutton | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

You see, children, like adults, continue to have a relationship with the deceased. What's often not the same for young kids, though, is that they will have to fill in gaps that their memories don't offer up freely. They have to make believe.

Tales Of A Single Mum

Angelina Osei | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Parents
Angelina Osei

Out of the single mums I do know, we are all hardworking professionals, some with mortgages, some privately renting and yes some in local authority buildings, but what strikes me with all of us and when I say us, I'm talking about from personal experience from those around me. What strikes me is the strength that we all have.

No More Bad Boys. Why We All Need Someone Nice

Lisa Palmer | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Palmer

I once went out with a shady sort, who gave me sleepless nights. When things were good, he was great fun, and he loved spending money on me - but they...

Is It Easier To Talk About Willies Than It Is Vaginas?

Harriet Miller | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Parents
Harriet Miller

Despite his young age, I did recently find myself on thin ice in a situation that encroached far too closely to the subject for my liking. It was a few weeks ago, on our journey home from work/nursery, that the topic of boys and girls came up.

Single Parents With Babies And Toddlers Thrown Into Crisis Under Benefit Cap

Laura Dewar | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Dewar

Families hit by the cap are set to lose an average of £60 a week, but we have heard from parents who will lose significantly more. The effect will be immediate for many: unable to pay their rent and facing the prospect of eviction and homelessness, cutting back on food for themselves and their children, homes that are cold and damp as heating becomes a luxury they can't afford.

Why The Stigma Surrounding 'Weekend Parents' Needs To Be Addressed

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Parents

In 2016, there should be no shame about being a single parent who doesn’t have primary care of their child. According to single parent charity Ginge...

Single Mum Captures Struggle Of Motherhood In Heartbreaking Post

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK Parents

A single mother has encapsulated the horror of a shopping trip with her two sons in a heartbreakingly honest Facebook post. Aly Brothers, from the US,...

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...