When I saw an opportunity to write an article for single parents navigating lockdown, I quickly put my hand up. I was a single parent for the first nine years of my daughter’s life (pre-lockdown of course) and it is fair to say this was a challenging time. The sadness of not having your child’s other parent around each day to ask “How do you think our parenting is going?” or “Were we too hard on her?” or just to share connection regarding your child’s life. And the questions got trickier as my daughter got older – When would it be okay for her to date? What school will be the best fit for her? Am I being too strict? As a single parent, I really missed being able to check in with a partner as I considered these sorts of issues.
The responsibility of raising a well-adjusted human on my own weighed heavily, and at times I found myself in a heap on my bed feeling overwhelmed with the job ahead of me.