Monday, December 29, 2008

The Difference Between Divorced and Single Parenting

What's the difference between being a divorced parent and a single parent, you may ask?

A single parent, in my mind, is one who has always been single. Either the other parent is unknown or one who split before or soon after the child was born, leaving the child in the sole care of the other parent.

A divorced parent is one who starts out in a relationship, then adds children to the mix. In my opinion, a divorced parent doesn't have to have married the other parent, but they were in a committed relationship where both parents took care of the child.

I've never been a single mommy, so I can't say which is easier. However, being a divorced mommy has its own unique problems. Going from having consistent help to little or no help is startling, and many mistakes can be made along the way.

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