Whether your spouse has died or you’ve just survived a painful divorce, you’re going through a grieving process that includes denial, anger, bargaining, and depression and finally ends in acceptance.Get involved in a divorce or bereavement support group.After you find a comfortable fit, you’ll receive the support you need.Ask for referrals from your friends, family physician, religious advisor, or health-insurance provider.As a single parent, you’re probably experiencing a money crunch because your income is less than it was before. You and your ex need to have a written co-parenting plan that addresses all the issues including living arrangements, shared expenses, religious training, schooling, extracurricular activities, discipline policies, and provisions for unexpected catastrophes.In many cases, the income that was supporting one household is now supporting two households. As you talk about your plan, keep the best interests of your children at heart.It's technically meant for pregnant women but it's still a great place for all mothers or mothers-to-be to discuss anything on their [email protected] Mom: Amy Lupold Bair is a “Mom, Social Media Marketer, Global Influence founder, Twitter Parties creator.” Join hundreds of thousands of other Twitter users in following her for advice on parenting as well as regularly scheduled chats on a variety of parenting topics.
Get involved with a single-parent support group for the support and the fun.Courts usually provide a court-ordered mediator at no cost, but you can also pay for a private mediator who may be able to come up with an agreement that you and your ex both will both find acceptable.If you’ll be receiving child support or alimony payments, stick up for yourself and your children by fighting for the support payments you deserve.By helping others, you can actually help yourself heal faster.Finally, if a year has passed and you’re still paralyzed by grief, seek out the help of a professional therapist.
You can also locate free or low-cost therapy through community non-profit centers, local churches, and university master’s or doctorate programs.