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8 positive strategies for single mothers

Common single-parent challenges

As a single parent, you might have sole responsibility for all aspects of day-to-day child care. Being a single mother can result in added pressure, stress and fatigue.

Single-parent families also generally have lower incomes and less access to health care. Juggling work and child care can be financially difficult and socially isolating.

Positive strategies

1. Show your love. Remember to praise your child. Give him or her your unconditional love and support. Set aside time each day to play, read or simply sit with your child.

2. Create a routine.

3. Set limits. Explain house rules and expectations to your child — such as speaking respectfully — and enforce them. Consider re-evaluating certain limits, such as your child's screen time, when he or she shows the ability to accept more responsibility.

4. Don't feel guilty. Don't blame yourself or spoil your child to make up for being a single parent.

5. Take care of yourself. Include physical activity in your daily routine, eat a healthy diet and get plenty of sleep. 6. Arrange time to do activities you enjoy alone or with friends. Give yourself a "timeout" by arranging for child care at least a few hours a week.

7. Lean on others. Call on loved ones, friends and neighbors for help. Faith communities can be helpful resources, too.

8. Stay positive. It's OK to be honest with your child if you're having a difficult time, but remind him or her that things will get better. Give your child an age-appropriate level of responsibility rather than expecting him or her to behave like a "little adult." Keep your sense of humor when dealing with everyday challenges.

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