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3 Tips for Newly Single Parents

Christmas is over, and good tidings of cheer are now whispers in the wind. Sadly, maybe this holiday season was the last one you’ll have with a soon-to-be ex. However, just because one season is over that doesn’t mean you can’t push into the new year. Here are three tips to help newly single parents do exactly that!

1. Establish a Routine

As a newly single parent, things are going to look different for you and your family, but the first tip you should heed is to establish a routine. Children thrive when they know what to expect on a day-to-day basis, so a routine gives them the security they need to quickly adjust to the new living situation.

To get the most out of your new routine for your kids, try to implement aspects of their old routines. If bath time was at 7:00 PM before the split, do bath time at 7:00 PM in your new routine. This will help your kids adjust to their new schedule quickly!

2. Let Emotions Flow

While single parents need to be strong for their children, they shouldn’t unhealthily deny their emotions. In fact, parent’s should set the example of what healthily expressing emotions looks like.  Showing your kids that it’s ok to have emotions will help them express their own sadness or frustration in a healthy manner.

3. Balance Praise & Critique

In two-parent households, typically one parent plays the role of disciplinarian and the other parent plays the role of encourager. As a single parent, it’s your job to both discipline and encourage your kids. You may want to shy away from discipline due to your child’s pain from the divorce, but it’s crucial you teach your kids to be responsible no matter the situation. Additionally, giving your kids specific and notable praise can help them accomplish their goals despite the hardships they face.

Pro Tip: Be specific when encouraging your child. Rather than saying “good job,” say something like “I liked the way you colored that picture” or “I’m so proud of you for taking out the garbage.” Specific encouragements create positive relations between action and outcome.

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We hope this blog helps you get accustomed to your new role as a single parent. If you ever need help with child custody, child support, alimony, or any other family law matter, we would love to talk with you. You can trust Epperson Law Group to be a helping hand in your time of need.

Call (704) 200-9278 now to talk to an attorney about your family law needs.