A female Health And Fitness how-hard-is-it-being-a-single-parent-and-how-do-i-explain-this-to-my-child How hard is it being a single parent? And how do I explain this to my child? Relationship & Sex    age 30-35, anonymous writes:

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hi i have just recently broken up with my partner of 5 years we have a 3 year old daughter together I couldn’t keep the relationship going any longer no matter how hard I tried he made no effort to spend any time with me and our daughter we would ask him to come to places with us but he could never be bothered he smokes weed which he spends a absolute fortune on he spends half of his wages a month on it while we are struggling to get any food in I work to but only part time due to our daughter my question is how hard is it being a single parent and how do I explain to my daughter about why we split up as she gets older thank you for any answers

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A male reader, N91 Health And Fitness how-hard-is-it-being-a-single-parent-and-how-do-i-explain-this-to-my-child How hard is it being a single parent? And how do I explain this to my child? Relationship & Sex     + , writes (13 March 2019):

Health And Fitness how-hard-is-it-being-a-single-parent-and-how-do-i-explain-this-to-my-child How hard is it being a single parent? And how do I explain this to my child? Relationship & Sex    It sounds like you’ve already been doing a fine job as a single parent up to now! Keep it going.If your daughter asks where daddy is, then just keep it simple. That sometimes adults fall out with each other and they have to go their separate ways. Whatever the outcome, everyone still loves her and nothing will change. Best of luck

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A female reader, Youcannotbeserious Health And Fitness how-hard-is-it-being-a-single-parent-and-how-do-i-explain-this-to-my-child How hard is it being a single parent? And how do I explain this to my child? Relationship & Sex     + , writes (13 March 2019):

Health And Fitness how-hard-is-it-being-a-single-parent-and-how-do-i-explain-this-to-my-child-1 How hard is it being a single parent? And how do I explain this to my child? Relationship & Sex    Under these circumstances, being a single parent can’t be much more difficult than what you were used to. It may even be easier. Your ex was an ABSENT parent for all intents and purposes. Well done for getting out of this “non-relationship”. I wouldn’t worry too much at this stage about what to say to your daughter about the split. Just say mummy and daddy didn’t get along any longer and were better living apart. Reassure her that daddy still loves HER (regardless of how little interest he takes in her). I don’t suppose there is much chance of your ex being much of a hands-on father, given that he couldn’t be bothered even when you were together, but you should at least make sure he pays child maintenance for his child. Take legal advice if necessary.As your daughter gets older, she will go to school and you will be able to work longer hours to support the pair of you. In the meantime, make sure you are in receipt of all the benefits you can and don’t be too proud to accept help from friends and family – whatever it takes to keep yourselves fed, clothed and warm. Check out mums’ groups in your area and meet up with other mums with children of a similar age. This will not only provide playmates for your daughter but also a support network for you. Such groups often organise joint events and offer child-minding support, all of which can be extremely useful. Stay strong. You WILL get through this.

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A female reader, Honeypie Health And Fitness us How hard is it being a single parent? And how do I explain this to my child? Relationship & Sex     + , writes (13 March 2019):

Health And Fitness 98df9f73-904a-4dd9-a948-14179b833b87 How hard is it being a single parent? And how do I explain this to my child? Relationship & Sex    Don’t go into details.She is 3. She doesn’t CARE about the pot/weed and his shortcomings.All you really need to explain is that sometimes people don’t get along, sometimes it can be fixed and other times it can’t. That it is an ADULT problem, and SHE isn’t at fault. That you love her no matter what.She will adjust to you being a single parent. As long as YOU are around, love her and (if he is worth a pot to piss in) he sees her too, that is all she needs. If he isn’t… then YOU will have to be mom AND dad in a sense. Also OP, look into food banks and charity food packs. there is The Trussel Trust, FareShare just to name a few. Look up what could be available locally for you.And look into Child maintenance.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (12 March 2019):

Sorry, you can’t really explain the shortcomings of her father to her without damaging her in some way.Worse still, because children are likely to idealise the absent parent, you’re likely to drive her towards her father, warts and all.Bite your tongue and explain in neutral terms that you and he couldn’t make it work. Don’t bad mouth the other parent- she’ll figure it out when she’s older. But only she can make the decision that her dad is a deadbeat. If you try and tell her it’ll backfire badly.

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