Single parents and stress

Posted by Lauren S. CohenApr 16, 20150 Comments

When a person gets divorced, there are many different transitions they may end up going through. One is the transition to being a single parent. The transition into single parenthood can sometimes be a stressful one. However, there are things that may be able to help reduce the amount of stress the transition generates. 

One is having clear and fair child custody terms in place and having a strong understanding of these terms. This can increase predictability when it comes to the child custody situation and may be able to help prevent unnecessary disputes from arising down the road between a single parent and their ex-spouse regarding the kids.

Divorce attorneys can help parents who are getting divorced with the process of reaching a child custody arrangement. Such attorneys can also help answer questions parents who already have a child custody agreement in place have about the specifics of the terms of the agreement. 

Just as the transition to single parenthood can have its stresses, so too can the day-to-day aspects of being a single parent. Single parents often have a lot of tasks to do and not a lot of time in which to do them. Here again though, there are things that may be able to help the situation be less stressful. Here are some tips for single parents that a recent Huffington Post article gave related to trying to reduce the pressure and stress that can go along with single parenting:

  • Try to cut down on feelings of guilt about the divorce/split as much as one can.
  • Leave tasks that could become much more complicated when the kids are around to times when one isn't with the kids.
  • Don't be afraid to accept offers of help friends and family make.
  • Let others take care of dinner sometimes. 
  • Don't be afraid to utilize sitters or daycare.