10 Free Resources for Single Parents

Posted: 03/26/13 3:00 PM (Modified: 03/26/13 3:00 PM)

Warning: Lots of honesty ahead. There's just no way around it. I'm going to tackle very personal and sensitive issues praying it will help some of you in the very same circumstances. 

I began the single parenting journey about eight months ago and there has not been any part of it that has been easy. In fact, prior to the last eight months, I can confidently say I had no idea what it was like for single moms or dads. Even though I was compassionate to those in that situation, I really had no idea what it truly meant. 

Divorce attacks you financially, physically, mentally and spiritually. Going through the process is extremely difficult and thankfully, I have had the support of an amazing family and close friends and at times, professional counseling.

I woke up this morning and thinking about how blessed I am to receive such help. I also realize that there are many who cannot afford counseling or do not have the support of family at all. That thought led me to research the free resources available to single parents. Let's face facts folks, there is no way to go at this alone. I hope this list of resources blesses someone out there. Please pass it around to your friends and feel free to add resources too!

{10 Free Resources for Single Parents}

1. DivorceCare: Local churches offer DivorceCare groups which are amazing for support and healing. However, if you are unable to attend a group, sign up for the free daily e-mail. I cannot tell you how much those e-mails have ministered to me directly. There have been times I have opened that e-mail and God used it to speak directly to me. I would really encourage you to sign up!

2. Focus on the Family Divorce: I have found this to be a great resource throughout the divorce process. They also have forums available so you can share your struggle and ask questions.

3. Huffington Post: I hesitated to post this one only because some of the content is not necessarily sound advice however, there have been tons of posts that directly related to my situation and helped me greatly. Some of the articles were so informative that it saved me from having to call my lawyer and spend extra money just to answer a few simple questions.

4. Arise Ministries: Well, let's just say this ministry is nothing short of amazing. Arise Ministries hosts a Single Moms conference in Oklahoma City and if you live anywhere near the state of Oklahoma, it is worth driving in and attending that conference. A few years ago I attended as a speaker and that conference ministered to me greatly. I highly recommend it. The conference is not free, it's not expensive, but you can sign up for the free devotional e-mail!

5. Grief Share: Many people have become single parents because of the death of a spouse. If that is your situation, I recommend Grief Share. They offer support groups and resources for those dealing with grief that is directly related to loss of life. 

6. Focus on the Family Single Parenting: Focus on the Family offers advice on the many struggles of single parenting and it also helps your children cope with the divorce process as a whole.

7.  Christianity Today: This is more specific to single moms, but really the information would work well for single dads too. This is a list of great articles and information to help you in the healing process and dealing with divorce on a day to day basis.

8. Budgeting Tips for Single Moms from DaveRamsey.com: Of course, I'm a HUGE Dave Ramsey fan and I like how he listed this specifically for single moms. Even though it is a pretty big shock to be taken down to one income, it is still possible to survive and become debt free in the process. I'll admit, it is not easy at all, but it is possible and Dave's resources and blog is perfect for that!

9. BabyCenter.com: Check out this article, 7 Survival Tips for Single Parents. The article mentions ideas like building a community of support which is SO important and key to the healing process. I will say, things like this will truly let you see who your friends really are and who they are not. I only have a small group of people inside my little circle that I trust fully with all the details, keep that in mind as you go through the process. 

10. About.com: I found this article Single Parenting Tips to be helpful too. The article mentions taking care of yourself and for me, that means carving out time for myself which, as a single parent, is harder to do than ever but I am trying. I'm determined to be teh best mom I can for my kids and that begins with taking care of myself. 

Again, this is a new situation for me but I refuse to be knocked down by it. I have an amazing group of people around me. They have been holding my hand and the hands of my children as we have walked through this time. I've read a lot of books and ebooks on divorce and single parenting trying to find my way on this road, there have been twists and turns, but one thing I have certainly learned is that you have to be careful who or what you let speak into your life.

Now is the time for encouragement, don't let fear and doubt get you down. You can do this AND we can do it together!

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Mar 26, 2013 09:42 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Thank you, kindly.

Mar 26, 2013 10:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

So thankful you are using this difficult time in your life to let God minister through you to others in the same situation. God bless you!

Mar 27, 2013 12:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Just finalized my divorce in Feb after 23 yrs and 5 children. I would love to add that as humbling as it is to need help...we have to eealuze that people, esp other moms WANT to help. It has taken a lot of humblings :) to Just say thank you to help. A mom brings me milk and fruit...its a blessing to say the least.
God is good and knows our hearts ...lisa

Mar 27, 2013 02:50 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

@Lisa-That is SO true, it is humbling but I have found that we do need other people! Very good point!

-Sarah

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