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Stress reduction for single parents must be a priority

The transition from being a married parent to being a single one can be challenging. You have to help your children adjust while you are trying to figure things out for yourself. During this time, you might feel as though stress is inevitable. This isn't necessarily the case because you might find some ways that you can cope and find your inner peace.

Finances are a big source of stress for single parents. You are likely going from a two-income household to a single income one. Plan your budget and stick to it. This can present a challenge in the first few months, so don't be afraid to tweak things a little until you find the balance you need.

Another common source of stress is the feeling of being alone. You might be able to cope with this by finding support groups or even groups on social media that are for single parents. Try to have a good circle of support when you are going through this situation because you never know when you might need someone to come to your aid.

Help your children have stability. They need consistency and will often fare better when they have it. Establish a routine so they know what to expect. Let them know their parenting time schedule in an age appropriate manner. This lets them know when there are changes on the horizon.

Take time for yourself. Single parents bare the burden of two parents, which can be very difficult. Whether you can only take a few minutes to yourself after the kids are in bed or if you can take a weekend away while they are with your ex, find time to refocus on what's truly important in your life.

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