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Support groups for single mothers

What can support groups do for single mothers?

Are you feeling alone or left out from the community around you? If yes, think of joining a local support group for single moms. Many single moms attest that loneliness and having no support system are two of the biggest issues they face weeks after divorce. Making bonds with other single-parent households in your locality and getting to know them better will lessen, if not completely eradicate, the feelings of loneliness and no support around you. At times of crisis or need, you will know whom to reach out to, and most importantly, you will be able to do so without much hesitation if your bonds with them are stronger. In a support group session, you can relate to what other members are going through in their life, and more importantly, get to know how they handled specific financial issues or even a crisis after divorce. Gaining information and tips to better manage the everyday challenges will only make you stronger and help you get over anxieties.

Some groups decide to meet just once per month while many others would plan on weekly or biweekly meetings. Apart from you getting support from other parents, your children will also have another opportunity to make friends with other kids and have fun.

Join a support group, or begin one yourself:

The benefits of joining a single mother support group thereby building relationships with other moms are plenty, but surprisingly, are not realized by many. Even if you have never been part of a support group, this might be the right time to get started and begin your search. As a first step, ask around at the local churches or child care centers if they know of any single parent meetups. A popular online alternative solution to this would be meetup.com. This web site allows local groups to be formed in a minute and is first-of-a-kind tool built specifically for arranging meetups.

You can start your search locally but if you seem to not find one in your area, do not be afraid of starting one. Experiencing jitters as to how a group will be built from the ground and maintained are common. The best thing you can do if you are nervous is muster up courage and get started. In a few months, you will look back and take pride in the effort you had taken to connect single parent households. As part of the first step, network with other single moms in the vicinity first and see if they are willing to join a group when started. Once a few people seem to be interested, you can begin planning in depth on the very first meeting and its location. It could be in one of the members’ homes at first, and you can then change location when the group reaches a sizable number.The initiation of the group will be seemingly one of the toughest tasks in the endeavor, but over time, ensuring smooth operation will become second nature to you.

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7 Responses to “Support groups for single mothers”
  1. Rachel says:

    I am currently in an extremly unhappy relationship with my son’s father. I have tried everything to make it work, but I can’t live this way. We argue all the time and it’s not good for my son; he is 7 months old and he is starting to understand more about his environment and I don’t want to damage him with this current living situation. I am afraid to leave, because I have no family and nowhere to go. I am looking for a job and I also go back to school next semester; I have no car, I use my son’s father’s. I cannot be in this relationship anymore, but I canot leave; I have no means to. Please help

  2. Lisa says:

    I am a single mother of 3 boys. My ex-boyfriend is a drug addict. I have tried for the past 2yrs to move on w/ my life but it’s hard when you a child involved. I am looking for a single mothers who have gone through similar situations. I have no real friends & would like someone to talk to.

  3. Tasha says:

    I am also a single mom of 3. I moved to a place where i have few friends, and also need to connect with other woman like myself. My ex is not a drug user, but we fight all the time.
    I would like to speak with woman who understand my situation. Thank You in advance.

    • Renata says:

      I totally understand your situation because Im going through somewhat a similar thing…although I’m living in my home town…because I was so into my family, my man..I hardly or never developed or keep my friendships with old friends..and now I find it tremendously hard to met new female friends who are going through similar life issues that are honest to speak on it and not turn it into gossip amongst other woman…so I now feel like a prisoner in my own home because my family works alot and my parents/grandparents are all deceased so I really don’t have any help with my kids…and if I dont act or treat their father a certain way he will call himself punishing me by not keeping up to his end of the deal by getting the children on the weekends so that I could have some me time so….99.9% time I have my children with me unless Im working,…

  4. Noeline Nakamya says:

    I am a African back single mother of two children, one of them is in higher institution perusing a Diploma course in software engineering and another one is a girl who is joining senior I this year. I am looking for a very kind person who can assist me in their school fees because I am badly off. thank you. I live in Uganda, East Africa.

  5. kate says:

    I have never received a dime in child support from my ex husband. I have been divorced since 2007. My ex is a drug addict and has spent most of his adult life in and out of prison. I have sole custody of our 2 children and he has no visitation due to his addiction. I was elated this year when he actually (was able) to file a tax return and was expecting a refund because I knew it would be intercepted by the IRS due to his back pay owed. He owes me tens of thousands of dollars in back pay. Unfortunately today I found out that NONE of his $8300 tax refund will go to me for our children because my children receive medicaid and we also receive food stamps so all of his refund goes back to the state. We do not (and have NEVER) received any cash assistance. I work full time but my employer does not offer health insurance, nor could I afford it if they did. I am beyond frustrated because the system truly sets single parents up for failure. Nothing on this site, nor any site proves to be any help for single parents, even if you finally get a break and are able to FINALLY after years have hope to get child support you wont if you receive medicaid or any state benefits for your children. The government will also drop your benefits if you do not pursue obtaining child support from the non-custodial parent through the prosecutors office child support division. Its a NO WIN situation. My children will never see a dime in child support. I live in Indianapolis, Indiana and would love to hear if anyone is receiving child support payments even though their children receive Medicaid and food stamps with no cash assistance received.

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