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Finding balance often especially challenging for single parents

Many individuals who work, struggle with finding a healthy work and life balance. This struggle grows even more difficult when an individual becomes a parent and work duties and child rearing duties dominate every waking moment. Being a working parent presents many challenges related to time management and scheduling, becoming a working divorced single-parent, again only serves to magnify these challenges. 

Few parents set out with the notion of one day becomming a single parent. The fact is, however, that divorce impacts many families and its effects present unique emotional, financial and logistical challenges for single working parents who must accomplish both work and parenting duties without the support or help of a spouse. 

There's an African proverb that states, it takes a village to raise a child. Following this advice is particularily important for divorced single-parents. Parents would be wise to readily rely upon family members, neighbors, teachers and other parents who are willing to aid in transporting and caring for their child. From playdates when they are little, to car pools as they grow older; having a support system in place can greatly benefit both parent and child. 

While having a sound support system is critical, it's even more critical that parents carve out quality time to spend with a child. No one can replace mom or dad and spending even an hour of quality time with a son or daughter in which he or she is the sole and only focus helps a child feel important and loved.

Despite all best efforts and attempts to plan, there are times when every parent will struggle to maintain a healthy work and life balance. Doing so is often even more challenging for single parents. It's important, however, to keep things in perspective and remember that a child is only a child once. Working parents who are struggling may request to change their work schedules to better accomodate a child's schedule or may seek counseling for themself or a child to cope with feelings and stress. 

Source: The Huffington Post, "Achieving Work-Life Balance After Divorce," Nicole H. Sodoma, Dec. 5, 2013

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