Being a solo parent is definitely not without its challenges. Besides being responsible for one’s children, one also has to deal with “issues” like child support and custody rights, co-parenting with your child’s father, knowing when and how to apply for parental leave, finding a support group that can help you out and even (gasp!) getting back onto the dating field. No wonder solo moms get stressed out more easily than moms who have their kids’ dads by their side to share the parenting load!
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To help breathe some inspiration and encouragement into every single mom’s life, here are some books we recommend:
1. The Single Mother’s Survival Guide
Author: Patrice Karst
Available in Paperback edition on Amazon.com
Patrice Karst is a single mother who shares her journey of self-discovery, while dispensing useful advice along the way. She writes about a wide range of topics that concern the single mother, and focuses on “triumphing in” rather than just “surviving” the journey. Her book includes many “survival checklists,” and is a rich source of practical wisdom and inspiration for the single mom.
2. Tony Evans Speaks Out on Single Parenting
Author: Tony Evans
Available in Kindle edition on Amazon.com
Dr. Tony Evans, a well-known pastor, teacher, author and speaker in the US, shows through his book that God has a “system” to ensure that one’s needs — even as a single parent — are met. In his book, Dr. Evans also enumerates the numerous places in the Bible that show God’s compassion for single parents.