Parenting on Your Own

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Zondervan, 1997 - Religion - 336 pages
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What you hoped for in life was a smooth road with enough turns to make it interesting. As a single parent, what you got was a rocky path marked by money issues, a barren social life, and more to do in one day than most people accomplish in three. Dr. Lynda Hunter knows how hard it can be. Her own experience as a single parent has taught her firsthand about the concerns you face daily. ItÕs also taught her how to handle those concerns effectively. Now, in Parenting On Your Own, Dr. Hunter combines her personal insights with those of hundreds of single parents across the country to offer this first-of-its-kind, definitive handbook for single parents. Here at last are the real-life answers youÕve longed for to the real-life questions youÕve been asking about - coping with isolation, loneliness, and other emotions - being a full-time parent and making a living and having a social life - filling in the gaps left by the missing parent - dealing with financial crunches . . . and much more. You wonÕt find a more thorough, practical, and well-researched guide to single parenting anywhere. This timely resource not only supplies help for your greatest struggles, but new hope and encouragement a single parentÕs best allies.

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Acknowledgments Introduction 11
Marital Status 1 The Divorced 19
What Legalities Are Involved?
How Do You Feel?
Fear 85
Anger 92
Guilt 99
SelfEsteem 187
Preparing the Kids 199
What Are You Learning?
Skills 210
Setting Goals 213
Finding Balance 220
Dealing with Conflict 232
Combating Stress 244

Forgiveness 105
Sadness or Joy? 112
The Children 122
Elementary Schoolers 138
Adolescents 151
Older Teens 159
Boy or Girl? 167
What Roadblocks Do You Face?
Parenting Needs 176
Discipline 179
Coping with Change 256
Enhancing Communication 265
Finding Time 276
Managing Money 283
Developing Safe Relationships 290
Getting Remarried 300
Vaya Con Dios 311
Resources 319
Index 325

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About the author (1997)

Dr. Lynda Hunter is editor of Focus on the Family's Single-Parent Family magazine and a syndicated columnist. She holds a doctorate in curriculum and corporate training. She has addressed single-parenting issues in writing and through speaking for the past decade. A single mom for twelve years, Hunter is the mother of two daughters and a son.

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