Single parenting can either be forced or by choice. In some cases, your life partner may desert you for the want of a greener pasture or is no longer alive. In other cases, separation may take place because of mutual consent. In both the situations, you are left alone to take care of your child single-handedly and make him a responsible citizen. Ever thought, how single parents cope up with the situation? Reasons to worry nowadays are far less because there is more to the situation than meets the eye. Lately, some positive aspects have also been linked to single parenting.
Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2007 released an article which tracks the profiles of single parents and their economic conditions. According to the survey, around 61% of the families consisting of single parents faced financial problems and were living off pensions and allowances from the government. However, experienced psychiatrist Dr. V Kumar, points out that the situation is okay till certain points are taken care of, like allowing the child to visit his or her other parent and providing a normal childhood, emotionally and financially, as children with both the parents get.
Recollecting old days, Malini Deshmukh talks about the time when she had to take care of her three-year old son all alone. “I had a small baby to take care of. I had absolutely no idea what to do. With very less money in hand, I felt like a directionless rudder.” she recalls. With time, she got out of the situation triumphantly and is proud to be a successful single parent today. Any single parent can deal with the situation keeping the following points in mind:
Gone are the days when society used to heap the blame on single parents. Although the stigma attached to single parents is still prevalent in India, one needs to show courage, pick up his or her life and start living it all over again.
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