She might be raising her child alone because she’s divorced, or her husband died or left, or she chose single parenthood as an alternative to settling for a partner in order to have a child. Regardless of how she’s doing it, her child is very likely to turn out just fine, thanks.
There’s no significant difference between a single mom raising a child and kids being raised by two heterosexual parents.
The key ingredient is not “who” is doing the parenting, but the health of that relationship.
The make-or-break factor in a single mom’s life is a strong social network. Friends, family or neighbors, the pediatrician, teachers and church. Online groups provide resources, practical advice, camaraderie and ideas for making the journey alone.
The trick is to not feel alone. Isolation increases anxiety and reduces coping skills. Reach out to get what you need.
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