Single Parents

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...

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...