Single Parents

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.

To the Lovely Lady That's Just Become a Single Mum From Another Single Mum

Katrina Bruni | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Parents
Katrina Bruni

The "perfect" family is amplified around you and each time it cuts a little deeper into your gaping failure wound. But you know what? As tough as this sounds, life isn't full of fairytale endings and it pains me to say it, but it just isn't.

Why My Father Bought Me My First Bra

Caroline Saramowicz | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Saramowicz

For many young girls, buying a first bra is an exciting and noteworthy experience. I however, was disturbed by the ordeal, while my dad was disturbed by the price ("£14?! I could have sewed you one myself!").

Single Mothers Are Doing It for Themselves

Pam Warren | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Pam Warren

I have recently procured the services of a young 20 something year old personal assistant. She is a single mother of a five year old and wanted some part time work to not only bring income into her household but also to stimulate her mind.

Should Single Mothers Automatically Be Made Main Carer of Their Children?

Michael Collier | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Collier

Following divorce proceedings, they gain residency of the 'object' that both parents probably care most about. She has one up on the father who is forced to resign his fatherly duties to alternate weekends. But what strain does this then put on the mother?

A Single Dad's Apology to His Mother on Mother's Day

Ben Adams | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Adams

I'm sorry I've been such an ungrateful son all these years Mum. I'm sorry for the cheap flowers on Mother's Days gone by. I'm sorry I have normally been the one to eat the chocolates rather than to provide them.

Get a Job Ruling

Sara Davison | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

A Judge has recently ruled in the case of Tracey Wright that she should go out and get herself a job rather than rely on her ex-husband to provide maintenance for her to live on. This has caused huge ripples as there is now expected to be a huge rush to the courts to renegotiate divorce settlements.

Parents Just Don't Think Politicians 'Get It'

Octavia Holland | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Politics
Octavia Holland

Despite the run up to the election dominating the news headlines, many of the parents we speak to say they still haven't heard enough from politicians on the issues that matter to them. They tell us they are frustrated that politicians don't seem to be listening or coming up with the real solutions that they need, and need now.

Why Stay-At-Home Dads Need Companionship and Not 'Fathers For Justice'

David Ready | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Ready

Dads often suffer a crisis of masculinity, particularly stay-at-home dads who rely on their partner as the breadwinner, finding themselves reluctant to ask for money from the partner, which goes against their natural instinct as a male, to be able to provide, to be self-sufficient and a role model to their child.

Time to Tell the Kids That You Are Getting Divorced

Sara Davison | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

Telling the children is the part that many parents fear the most. The last thing that they want to do is hurt their children and it's a really difficult conversation to have as the consequences are life changing for the whole family. However there are some guidelines that will make it a little easier if you follow them.

Five Truths About Christmas When You're Raised By A Single Mother

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McCorquodale

My most memorable Christmas was in 1990 - the year my mother had a zillion jobs to ensure she could brilliantly (and believably) keep the facade of Santa alive on her income alone. One of said jobs was being a cleaner, and driving to drop her off at a factory very early each morning, my mum, grandfather, sister and I would count all the Christmas trees zinging cheerfully from living rooms in our town en route.

Christmas Top Tips for Single Parents

Octavia Holland | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Octavia Holland

Even though money can be tight and your children may not be with you for the whole holiday, there are plenty of ways you can create a special Christmas for your family. Here are some top tips for single parents this Christmas put together by our advice and information team.