Raising a child is no easy feat, but it is even harder when you are a single parent. Single moms have to be everything for their children, which can mean their needs often go unmet in sacrifice. Finding a good support network can be vital for a single mom, so if there is someone in your life who needs a little help, be the one to give it to them.
Here are four ways to support your single mom friend
1. Spend time with her
Parenting is tough, and most new mothers feel lonely at times – and that is even with a partner. Many single moms can find themselves spending day and night alone with the baby, but you can help by being there to spend time with her. Go over for catch-ups and to see how she’s doing, and there are some great ideas for things you can bring when you visit a new mom that she is sure to appreciate. Some company can help her offload and feel a little more normal, so be sure to check in regularly to see that she is ok.
2. Help her find the support she needs
Most moms are too busy taking care of their baby than taking much care of themselves. If your friend is struggling, help her out by finding some support for her. You could research groups for helping single moms and find classes and activities in the area that can connect her with others. Talk to her about what she needs and how you can help her find it.
3. Offer to babysit
A lot of people offer to babysit for new parents, but the offer very rarely materializes. But an offer to babysit can make the world of difference to a single mom who may struggle to go to an appointment or have 5 minutes to themselves. Offer to babysit and really mean it, don’t take no for an answer. Giving them some time to run errands, sleep or just do something non-baby related will help them rest and recharge. It is only a small effort on your part, but it could make a big difference to your friend and help them deal with some of the stress of being a new parent.
4. Make her feel included
Many single moms can feel out of the loop when it comes to their friends and plans. With one less person to help take care of the baby, social events can feel out of the question for a while. You can help by bringing the party to her! Make plans where she can be included easily – make them baby-friendly or take care of the arrangements at her own place. Ask what you can do to make plans possible and go out of your way to make it happen. Your friend will appreciate the effort you have made, and you still get to spend quality time with them in return.
Your friend is likely going through a tough time right now, and the more you can do to help, the better. Be supportive and help them through the bad times because they need you more than ever. With someone like you by their side, your friend and their baby will have an incredible support network to help them out.