13. Find role models.
Find positive role models of the opposite sex for your child. It’s crucial that your child does not form negative associations with an entire gender of people.
Find close friends or family members that would be willing to spend one-on-one time with your kids. Encourage them to form meaningful relationships with people that you trust and that they can look up to.
Role models can make a huge difference in the path that a child decides to take, so be intentional about the ones that you put in your kids’ lives.
14. Be affectionate and give praise.
Your children need your affection and praise on a daily basis. Engage with your kids as often as possible by playing with them, going on outings, and encouraging open dialogue.
Affirm them in the things that they are doing well, no matter how small. Praise their efforts, rather than their achievements. This will inspire them to continue to put forth hard work and not give up when success is not achieved.
Rather than spending money on gifts, spend time and effort in making lasting memories.
Thrive, don’t just survive.
“Raising a family is difficult enough. But it’s even more difficult for single parents struggling to make ends meet. They don’t need more obstacles. They need more opportunities” – Bill Richardson
Being a single parent is a challenging responsibility to take on. Without the help of a partner to fall back on, single parents have a lot more to take on.
However, studies show that growing up in a single-parent home does not have a negative effect on achievement in school. As long as the family is in a stable and safe environment, kids are able to excel and do well in life.
Use these tips for single parents in order to be a reliable and capable parent for your kids, while maintaining your own well-being and sanity.
If you want to know more tips for single parents, then check this video out below:
The truth is you’re already doing an excellent job raising your child as a single parent more than you realize. Not only you are doing all that you can to give your child the best life, but you’re also giving them the love and care they need and deserve. And then some.
If you’re reading this right now, it means you’re a dedicated single parent who is taking one step at a time to make life better for both of you. So enjoy the moments you share with your child and follow your heart as it will guide you to where you need to be.
 ^ U.S. Census Bureau: The Majority of Children Live With Two Parents, Census Bureau Reports
Written by Katie Lemons
Originally Appeared on Lifehack