Financial burden, emotional drain, pressure from children and societal judgment makes life unbearable for single parents. On their own, surely they cannot manage. They require financial and psychological support to heal faster and get back to their normal self. Nonprofit organizations understand this gap hence offer help within their means to reach a wider audience. However, they may not reach out to everyone. At times, single parents fear to disclose some of the challenges they go through. If you have a single parent in your neighborhood, be close to them, initiate friendship without blaming their actions to make them open up to you so as to establish whichever kind of help they may require. What are some the assistances single parents may look for?
The call for support for single parents means they have tried on their own but there is still no positive result to move on with their life. There is a possibility of slowly getting into depression which may lead to mental illness which can be handled with conventional medicine or by a psychologist. High stress levels affect the cognitive thinking of the single parent. Imagine a parent in such a state with children, what do you think goes on in their mind? These are the cases of people who opt to commit suicide to alienate themselves from the psychological torture. It is upon you to take the bold step and encourage a single parent near you to seek the services of a psychologist. Alternatively, talk to the psychologists to offer a helping hand or get the help of some not-for-profit organizations to come to your aid before you lose a life.
The burden of the family as a single parent emotionally drains him or her; it reaches a point where the single parents have no strength to handle all the responsibilities on their own. It comes to a point where they have fixed schedules trying to make ends meet to an extent they have no time to rest and relax. The mixed feelings fill their mind giving those negative thoughts which further leave them with no option but to wallow in pity. It is time to take them out for a walk, engage in positive activities – a jog, a fitness program, just to give them a positive angle of life away from his or her daily hassles which seem unending.
A single parent has to shoulder all the financial responsibilities with minimal help from their partners. As children grow older, with the same income, it is not easy to manage.
The children may have to suppress some of their dreams and just opt for basic education. Come in handy to seek financial help for their education or local authorities for cheaper housing options to save on rent and utility bills. Friends and relatives can also organize for fundraising to help a parent start an income-generating activity to supplement their income. Some of the organizations for single parents have useful empowerment programs to equip their members with vast knowledge on wealth creation. As a single parent, you have to go an extra mile and accept your situation.
A professional psychosocial counselor comes in handy to give an individualistic approach combined with underlying factors which might cause psychological misfit among single parents. The challenges might be similar; however, you need a customized approach on a case to case basis. This is the time a counselor gets to dig deeper into the behavioral patterns, the social relations, and financial challenges with an aim to guide a single parent towards healing. The professional angle guides a single parent with structured questions to have a critical analysis of the situation to come up with options then choose the most appropriate solution.
Helping a single parent is the collective responsibility of individuals and the community at large. Some live in isolation with fear of coming out in the open. Use your wisdom within your discretion to be close to them with the intention of helping such single parents out.