Here are single mom support groups.
Any kind of parenthood is challenging (exhausting even) because parents have a constant responsibility over their child’s or children’s lives. But being a single mom can be extremely challenging, as well as extremely lonely. In two-parent homes, there are two people who can share the endless tasks associated with raising a child, but there is not much help for single moms who must often take on all of these responsibilities themselves. To combat this stress and loneliness, more and more single moms are now reaching out to single mom support groups which offer support for single moms in the form of friendship, camaraderie, and opportunities to talk to other single mothers who understand.
What Is a Single Mom Support Group?
Single mom support groups are places where the main priority is support for moms who are raising a child or children on their own. Single parenthood is not uncommon in our society and divorce rates are continually on the rise, and yet it is only in the past decade or so that single mother support groups have become accessible and acceptable ways to offer support for moms who need it. Single moms and single parents often do the work of two people and live with a feeling that most people can’t understand, and so single mother support groups have become rather common venues for women who just need to talk to someone who knows. There are single mom support groups online or groups that regularly meet in-person, but the main goal is the same in either form: to bring together single moms in any way that will help.
What Can I Expect at a Single Mom Support Group?
While every single mom support group is different and should uniquely cater to the needs of the moms in the group, the primary goal is to offer help for mothers who need it – whether it’s getting single moms together to share advice on balancing work and parenthood on your own, or bringing in a guest speaker (a counselor or professional, for example) to answer questions single moms might have. Here are some other things you can expect:
- An open forum for discussing concerns, asking questions of other single moms, or even just venting about your week.
- A place to share resources with other single moms, whether you need to know about reliable day care options or you’re looking for a good counselor.
- Opportunities for outings that are both parenthood-related and not – because single moms need to unwind, too!
- Kid-friendly activities where you can meet with other single moms in your area for play-dates and group fun.
- Some groups even offer mixers with other single parents, as well as outreach activities so that group members can support less fortunate single moms in their communities.
If you are interested in joining a single mom support group, do your research, talk to other single moms you trust, and find a group that meets your unique needs. Most importantly, remember that there is help for single moms available; all you have to do is ask.