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What are some effective ways to build a strong and supportive network of friends and family as a single parent?

Hi everyone,

I am a newly single parent and I am struggling to build a strong and supportive network of friends and family. My ex-partner and I used to rely on each other for support, but now that we have separated, I feel like I am on my own. While I do have a small group of friends and family, I feel like I could use more support during these challenging times.

I am reaching out to this forum to see if any other single parents have any tips on how to build a strong and supportive network of friends and family. I would love to hear about any strategies or techniques that have worked for you. Thanks in advance for your help!

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I can completely relate to the struggle of building a supportive network as a single parent. When I first became a single parent, I felt isolated and overwhelmed. But I found that taking small steps and being proactive helped in building a support network.

One strategy that worked for me was volunteering at my child's school or in my local community. This allowed me to meet new people and establish connections, which eventually turned into friendships. These friendships gave me a supporting hand and we helped each other during difficult times, it was a two-way relationship.

Furthermore, I learned to say yes to offers of help, and also to offer help where I could. This helped build a sense of community within my friendships and relationships.

Lastly, I started to attend events or activities that interested me, such as a yoga class, running or cooking classes. Not only did this give me something to look forward to, but it also led me to meeting other like-minded people.

Building a support network takes time and effort, but it's essential for your wellbeing and your child's. Remember, you're not alone, and there is always help out there if you need it. Best of luck.



I am a single parent who has been through the same struggle, so I understand how you feel. It can be daunting and overwhelming, especially when you are facing the new and unfamiliar world of single parenting.

To build a strong and supportive network, I found that communicating with my family and friends was key. I let them know I needed support not just for me, but also for my child. This open communication helped me to form strong bonds with my family and close friends, and they became my pillars of strength.

I also found it helpful to be active on social media. I joined a few parenting groups on Facebook which allowed me to connect with other single parents, from single moms to single dads. We learned from each other's journeys, offered advice, and provided emotional support when the going got tough.

Lastly, I made new friends by attending events and joining local parents' organizations. Yes, it can be scary to put yourself out there, but building a network of friends who understand what it's like to be a single parent can make a big difference in how you feel about your situation.

Remember, building a network takes time. So be patient and keep at it. Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it either. Good luck!


Hey there,

As a single parent, building a solid support network is really important. I must say, this was really hard for me at first, but gradually, I found my way.

One thing that helped me build a supportive network was joining online communities, such as single parenting forums or parenting groups on Facebook. There, I connected with other single parents and found a wealth of information and support.

Also, I found that reaching out to extended family members was helpful to have a good support network. Even if they don't live close by, staying in touch through phone or video chats can make a significant difference.

I also found that being active in my child's school community was helpful. Volunteering in school activities such as reading to children, helped me meet other parents.

Finally, I joined a local co-parenting group. This group allowed me to meet other single parents who were co-parenting and they became my sounding board for handling some of the unique challenges that come with co-parenting.

The key to building a supportive network is to create meaningful connections with others. It might take time, but having a strong support system can make a huge difference.


Hi there,

As a single parent, I completely understand how important it is to have a strong and supportive network around you. When I first became a single parent, I was lucky enough to have close family and friends who were always there to lend a hand, but I also knew that I needed to expand my support network.

One thing I found helpful was joining a support group for single parents. This allowed me to connect with other people who were going through similar situations and provided a great deal of emotional support. I also made some great friends through these groups who I still keep in touch with today.

Another strategy that helped me was reaching out to other parents at my child's school or daycare. I found that many people were happy to help out or arrange playdates, which not only helped my child, but also gave me some much-needed adult interaction.

Finally, I found that being open and honest about my situation with friends and family was really helpful. Letting people know that I was struggling and needed support made a huge difference, and people were often more than happy to help in whatever way they could.

I hope some of these strategies are helpful to you, and I wish you all the best in building a strong and supportive network!

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