Being a single parent isn’t easy, but it is important to hone your parenting skills. Working with your child without the shoulder of the other parent on which to lean can be quite difficult, frustrating and confusing for you and your child.
Here’s how you can improve your parenting skills while being a single parent –
1. Spend quality time with your child – never let your child feel like he or she has lost a parent even if the judge gave sole custody to one parent. if you’re the parent who didn’t get sole custody but are still entitled to supervised visitation, make sure that the time you spend with your child matters to him and you. Do something with him that he loves or enjoys and so do you–whether it’s going shopping, watching a movie or playing a game outside.
2. Don’t try to take the role of the other parent but promise to be there for your child whenever he or she needs you – the child is suddenly confused as to why he has to live with one parent separately and isn’t used to not having one parent around or to turn to when he needs them the most. Tell your child that even though you’re going to be around all the time that you’re just a phone call or a short drive away.
3. Play the dual role – if you feel like one parent didn’t a certain job better like comforting the child during emotional breakdowns or helping him with his homework, then try to develop those same qualities in you and try to play the role of the other parent, too. This will make your child feel that he can come to you at anytime for anything and not have to depend on the other parent.
Developing your parenting skills as a single parent is a tough task, but well worth it. Remember, this is about your kids.