Single-parents

Single Mum Shares Professor's Touching Note After She Missed Class Because Childcare Fell Through

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Parents

A single mum who had to miss her class because her childcare fell through has shared her professor’s response when she emailed to explain. Morgan Ki...

How Do Kids React When Their Single Parents Start Dating Again?

Quora | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Parents
Quora

How have children reacted to their single parent dating again? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people...

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.

Three Things I've Learned About Dating After Divorce

J.J. Barnes | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
J.J. Barnes

And the most important thing I've learned?  If you want it, if you're ready for it, a marriage ending means a new life starting. There IS life after divorce. There IS love after divorce.  And there most definitely IS happiness after divorce. It won't be the same as the first time around, but it can be better.

Bank Holiday Hell

Rebekah Smith | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Rebekah Smith

Of course you have friends who can help in these situations - but what part of 'surviving' and 'doing it alone' is that? Even with all the friends, family and colleagues in the world, bedtime equals social lock-down and a bit more time to think about everything.

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.

Who Let The Dads Out? The Annoying Thing About Equality

Celine Bell | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

Honestly, I'm sick of it. The praise heaped on my husband for being such a super dad. When did he use his vagina to bring life to the world? When did he scoop baby puke out of his cleavage? Does he know where the kids' swimming stuff is? Or the details of their vaccination schedule?

A Vision Of A Family Friendly Music Industry

Vick Bain | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Parents
Vick Bain

I don't talk often about my experiences of balancing a career in the music industry with being a parent - it is something I, alongside thousands of others, just get on and do. But my start to parenthood was perhaps tougher than many - my partner left me whilst I was pregnant and my twins were born two months premature.

Life Before The Viral Video

Jo Atrill | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Atrill

We married this year and Martin built a harness out of various bits of seatbelt and parachutes just so that I could have a first dance with my son on my wedding day to a song I sang to him as a bump - Coldplay's 'Yellow'. I didn't think I'd get married again, let alone dance with my beautiful yet hefty son.

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 05.05.2017 | 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 05.05.2017 | 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.