Let the troop leader know that with the number of single parent families, you would be comfortable if the den would acknowledge parent-child events.But the biggest benefit of scouting that should be experienced by all boys is that initiation ritual that welcomes them into the pack.You can rest assured I'm going to continue to have my own life and will be perfectly OK with you having yours." Any single parent will tell you: Raising a kid on your own is the ultimate primer on how to love unconditionally.If you are all your kid has in the world, you learn to love that much harder."Have you ever taken a kiddo to the mall and had them spill an entire Slurpee all over themselves then pitch a major earth-shattering meltdown with four people ahead of you in line at the register? "We bring home the bacon, we fry it up in the pan, we clean the pan...hell, we bought the pan.We parent with enthusiasm, we work hard at whatever our jobs are, we are tender caretakers and tough decision makers." Sound like the kind of badass, complex woman you want to ride alongside for life? While other people you date might get clingy and annoyed by your few-and-far-between texts, a single mom ain't got time for that."We're used to being on our own and aren't afraid of it," says single mom Dina Strada."When you're balancing work, kids and a social life, you value your alone time as a single mom and are pretty damn independent because you have to be.
And remember, try not to have negative attitudes toward men, even if you became a single mother out of the most excruciating circumstances.The following tips have been compiled from my own experience, the expertise of "current or retired" single mothers and single parent advisors.1. Especially important for the newly widowed or divorced, correct people if they suggest that now your son "is the man around the house," or that he should "take care of Mommy." 3.When you look at your child and see his father's face, it's okay to get a little emotional. Point out the positive qualities in men you see on a day to day basis.Along with letting your child seek his own heroes and role models, there are things you can do to allow him to be male.
Whether or not you have a man around to show him the ropes, your son can grow up to be an emotionally healthy male just as many boys of single moms have already done.
Chances are, your child won't spend the rest of his life peeing sitting down while wearing mascara.