Single Parent Carers
Being a carer is a tough job, regardless of what type you fall into.
Whether you are looking after your partner, parent, friend or family member. They all come with their individual challenges and universal strains.
However, through my own experience, I believe as a carer to your own child your role as a carer takes on a slightly different dimension.
As both parent and carer although inextricably linked, the role is a lot different to the role you envisaged when you knew you were becoming a parent.
With this comes a host of emotions that get entwined within the caring process, for example, guilt, sadness, grief, helplessness, blame and possibly regret.
These emotions are crucial to acknowledge as these thoughts
fuel a lot of our actions, thoughts and outcomes.
But what happens if you are a single parent and a carer?
- Perhaps you experience marital breakdown
- Or you become widowed
- Or perhaps you chose to have a child alone…
What are some of the challenges you may face?
- Financial challenges
- Increased isolation
- Loneliness – Doing the role alone
- Less support
- Longer term sole responsibility
- Doing the day to day caring constantly
- Co Parenting – Uneven Split of responsibilities
- Getting a good Life Vs Work balance
- Suitable and trust worthy support for your child
- Administration and Appointments: The sole responsibility for keeping appointments, chasing doctors, administering and being aware of medication, sourcing and attending therapies, finding and securing additional help for your child.
- Longer term challenges mental and physical wellbeing – lack of sleep, increased isolation, less life flexibility.
Would you like help with:
- Letting go of anger, resentment and feelings of powerlessness.
- Organising a team of support – Respite
- Increasing your Rest and Relaxation
- Being able to master Challenging Conversations – short and longer term negotiations of support and care with absent parent.
- Support planning short and long term financial security for you and your children.
- Healthy communication with absent parent to increase engagement, understanding and better partnership working.
- Peace of mind: What happens when I am not around? Planning care for your child after your death.
- Better Co Parenting Responsibility Split – Holidays, Appointments, Weekends.
Sound like the kind of help you need?
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