Advice on thriving as a single mum

By Staff Reporter - 4 February 2019

Opinion and FeaturesFamily

Being a single mother can be extremely stressful. The role comes with its own set of unique challenges that one has to navigate. As much as your unconditional love for your kids motivates you to be the best mother you can be, the truth is that you will face some real struggles from time to time.

Fortunately, none of these challenges are insurmountable. In fact, there are so many thriving single moms out there and you too can go on to achieve many great things as a single mom. It starts with believing in yourself and your ability to become the best mom for your kids.


One thing that can help you cope with the challenges of being a single parent is surrounding yourself with the right people. You need family and friends who will help you out, offer sound advice, encourage and keep you calm.

Here are some tips to help you thrive as a single mum:

1. Don’t worry about people judging you

You have to be willing to accept that people will form opinions about you, some of which may not be very flattering. Worrying about what others think of you inhibits you and steals your joy. Set the tone by being confident in yourself and surrounding yourself with people who love you unconditionally.

2. Have a savings account

Managing finances as a single mom can be tough. There are so many financial responsibilities and without the right approach, meeting all of them is almost impossible. Having a savings account for unexpected expenses definitely helps. However, if you are struggling to raise funds to meet an important obligation, you can apply for a single mother loan.

3. Take good care of yourself

Many single moms dedicate so much of their time to take care of their children’s needs that they forget that they too have their own needs. Your health and mental and emotional well-being benefits you as well as your children.Try to have some fun and stay in shape. Taking good care of yourself puts you in a better position to take care of your children.

4. Empower your children

Your kids are dependent on you for their well being. One of the best things you can provide them is a stable environment in which they can thrive. Instill in them life values that will help them thrive in all aspects of their lives. Give them different roles within the household and teach them to be independent.

5. Seek help whenever you need it

As a single parent, you will encounter some moments when things seem scary and uncertain. The journey also gets lonely at different points. To deal with such moments, you need someone you can lean on, talk and share your experiences with. Having friends in your corner makes things so much easier as you navigate the different challenges of single parenting.

In summary

Despite all the challenges, you can still thrive as a single mom and reach your full potential. There are so many single moms that are doing remarkable jobs with their kids and still managing to accomplish their life goals. Of course, there will be ups and downs, but in the end, the whole journey will be totally worthwhile.


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