How to Raise Children with No Help from Family

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Raising children on your own can be challenging. While the old adage that says "It takes a village to raise a child" is ideal, sometimes it's not possible. Although the lack of family support can be due to a number of reasons such as living far away or contentious relationships, not having grandparents or loving aunts and uncles to give you a hand can take a toll on you and your children. Nevertheless, creating a support system is possible and it requires you as a parent to be proactive in addressing challenges when it comes to solo child rearing.

  • Join a church. Being a part of a faith community will connect you with others who can become like family providing you and your children with support and love. Vibrant churches also tend to offer resources and support for parents to help in child rearing. Such activities as after-school programs and day care services may be offered by some churches at affordable rates.

  • Get to know your neighbors. If you have school-age children who arrive home before you do, your neighbors may be willing to keep an eye on your kids until you get home. By getting to know your neighbors, you will probably find other parents you can carpool with.

  • Join a support group. Support groups allow you to exchange information and resources with other parents who are experiencing the same challenges that you are. They can be an outlet for both you and your child, as many groups may allow you to connect with adults your age while your kids get to know other children their age.

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