Overwhelmed, tired, frustrated, and lost are all familiar feelings to single parents.
SingleParent411 is the ongoing support group that gives single parents a safe
place to express their frustration with others who are in the “same boat.” The
program was created to address a need identified by single parents, faith–based leaders, community leaders, as well as educators: a forum specifically designed to prepare single parents for the various challenges they will face when raising
children alone. Although parenthood in and of itself is a challenge, the incredible demand faced by single parents is exponentially more difficult. When raising
children, single parents must often make critical decisions on their own without
the benefit of a partner to share ideas and give input. Therefore, providing single parents with the appropriate education, resources, and support is essential
Traditional parenting groups can often exacerbate a single parent’s existing feeling of isolation when making references to a spouse or parenting partner.
This can highlight a feeling of inadequacy and negatively enable that “quiet inner voice” within the heart of a single parent, saying, “this task cannot be done by
myself.” However, by partnering single parents in a supportive group format,
SingleParent411 offers the opportunity to network and build a support system to encourage the realization that they are not alone.