What is a lone parent? It is a form of single parenting – where you have no support from a partner. No one to have your back or cover your me time. This can be due to a variety of reasons such as the loss of a partner, or maybe lack of interest in raising a child.
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Janis Isaman is a lone parent. She wrote about her experience here. When Janis messaged me about being on the podcast and I took a look at this article, I knew it was something I wanted to talk about. No type of parenting is easy – and I’ve always had the utmost respect for all parents, especially single parents of any form (**and I make this clear in the episode – ANY situation can be difficult, even parenting in a relationship can have a myriad of challenges, and there are people in abusive relationships which is a whole other topic of discussion I hope to have soon**).
Still, it would be especially challenging to be the lone caregiver for your child – no financial support, no social support, no on/off weekends with someone else. You may have family support, but not even everyone has that. Not everyone has another means of financial assistance. I think sometimes I (as someone who has a partner) forget that not everyone has that person to help them out, but also to offer support to you when you need it. To be your ear, your closest confidante. It’s something people in relationships may take for granted – but we shouldn’t.
In this episode of the podcast, Janis builds on the discussion in her article about being a lone parent, which she has been since the very beginning. I talk to her about her struggles, her wins and highlights, her day to day life, and how she seeks support.
No matter the situation you’re in, it’s worth a listen. She is truly inspiring – because on top of being the only parent for her son, she also runs her own business.
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