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There are many reasons why you may be a single parent, many of which may not be your fault at all. Your husband/ partner may have left you, cheated on you, or he may be abusive - in which case you are better off, for your and your children's sake; you may live alone or with family.

You may have fallen pregnant while not in a stable relationship, or your partner may have died. Either way, it is hard to look after a child, or children, alone. You may feel overwhelmed and anxious.

Raising a child on your own can be stressful. If you're a single parent you will need to learn how to cope with the pressure, find support and at the same time nurture your child.

  • Just like with pregnancy, it is important to have support after your baby is born.
     
  • Friendships you build with other single moms when you are pregnant will be good forms of  support after baby is born.
     
  • Don't be shy to ask family members for help.
     
  • It is important to speak to someone if you feel like you can't cope.
     
  • You are not alone, there are many single parent families who have the same struggles.

For counselling or if you just need to talk to somebody call Lifeline 0800 60 10 11 or call FAMSA on 011 975 7106.

 

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