Single parenting used to be somewhat rare in the USA, when the divorce rate was much lower – or practically nonexistent – and most Americans lived in settings with large extended families. Even if a parent was alone without a spouse for example, chances were that they had grandparents and aunts and uncles to help out with rearing the children. But these days there is a high likelihood that if you have a child, you are involved as their primary caregiver all by yourself.
In fact in the 21st century single parenting is practically the norm for Americans, and while that puts an additional load of responsibility on the single parent it has also inspired lots of single parent resources. We now have support groups and single parenting websites, for instance, and there are tons of great books and magazines with tips and advice for the single parent. There are some wonderful daycare facilities, nannies, and community organizations to help single parents and you should look into all of those available resources.
Seek these out, and also look for the company of other single parents in your community. But many parenting experts also advise that when you choose other parents to network with, you should do so selectively. You want to find parents with children about the same age as yours, for instance, and also those who are not going to try to compete with you as a parent but instead support you. Sometimes parents get really competitive in terms of the rapid development of their children or they are critical of the parenting philosophies of other single parents. You don’t need that kind of pressure, and so seek out and befriend other single parents with whom you have a comfortable and fun rapport.
Siblings can also be fantastic allies for single parents. So if you have other children that means even more parenting to do, but this can also become your most valuable source of single parent assistance. Plus while those older brothers and sisters pitch it to help you, they will automatically learn great lessons about sharing, responsibility, and more mature behavior.