Photo Credit: Getty Images
A support group of other single parents can serve your needs for emotional support, a social outlet, childcare and fun.
Volunteering as a family within the community can also create deep satisfaction.
Being aware of the balance between nurturing and being nurtured, independence and support, creates for ourselves the middle ground where family takes place. Through this, each family member is nurtured towards increasing maturity and independence.
By confronting the truth of our situation, assessing the true risks and opportunities, single parents can go beyond the cultural mythologies and reap great rewards. Being proactive with the truth wherever we find the myths surfacing will help transform the negativity out there to optimism about the future.
Loanda Cullen is a psychotherapist in Colorado. She leads workshops for single parents, teaches parenting classes and single parents her 15-year-old son, Sean.
This article was reprinted with permission from Single Parenting in the Nineties. Copyright 1995 by Pilot Publishing. All rights reserved. This article may be printed out for personal use but may not be reproduced in any other manner, including electronic, without prior written consent from Pilot Publishing. Permission requests may be submitted to Brook Noel.