Single Parent Coping
Taking care of children is harder for single parents.
Single parents often don’t have someone to help take care of the baby.
Single parents often don’t have someone to help make decisions. Also, it is harder for single parents to see their friends.
Caring for the baby takes up so much time.
But it is important to spend some time with other adults, and not just at work.
Go out with friends and family. Make sure your baby is well cared for when you are gone.
It is not selfish to have some time for yourself. Take a break once a week to avoid stress.
Your baby, whether a boy or girl, needs to spend time with people of both sexes.
Children need to know other adults, both men and women, who are calm, friendly, warm and trustworthy.
Also, as children grow up, they need to be with other children. Boys need to play with other boys some of the time. Girls need to play with other girls some of the time.
Single Teen Parents
The teen years are a special time in your life.
Being a new parent is also special. Both come with their own joys and problems.
Information Resources for Families
Families who are enrolled in the WIC program (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) can get information on breastfeeding, formula feeding and nutrition at their local WIC office.
Families eligible for WIC receive nutrition counseling and supplemental foods such as baby formula, milk and cereal.
To find the WIC office nearest you, call your state health department or visit www.fns.usda.gov/wic/.
For information about early childhood education initiatives, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education at 1-800-USA-LEARN.
To learn about child care options, you may contact the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Care Aware by phone at 1-800-424-2246 or visit their Web site at www.childcareware.org.
To learn more about breastfeeding,
you may call La Leche League at 1-800-LALECHE or visit their Web site at
To learn more about free or low-cost health insurance for children, you can call the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Insure Kids Now Program at 1-877-KIDSNOW.
You can also visit their Web site at
Families who cannot afford a car safety seat can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
They can provide information on resources that help low-income families purchase or borrow child car seats.
You may call them at 1-800-424-9393.
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