Adjusting to single motherhood is a process all Single Mothers must go through. For some the adjustment is seemingly painless, while for others it requires work and the willingness to ask for help. What ever the road that any Single Mother goes through it is hers to travail herself personally. There is no right or perfect process to complete the adjustment to being a Single Mother.
Often Single Mothers feel most overwhelmed because they are unaware, if they are newly single and parenting on their own, exactly what it is that will be expected of them. An understanding of what these requirements are can lead to an adjustment to single motherhood that much more seamless, as the mother can then address each need or area before it reaches a crisis stage.
Techniques for adjustment can include, but are not limited to joining a support group, seeking out counseling for the single mom herself or for her and her children or just her children, setting up a system of people who will emotionally support the mother as she adjusts in her newly defined role.
Differentiating between a want and a need is one of the techniques for adjustment that is vital for a single mother. A want is something Single Mothers or their children simply desire. A need is distinctly different in that it is something that either the Single Mothers or their children or both have to have to exist. For example, a want is a new handbag where a need is food and housing, or transportation to and from work.
Adjusting to single motherhood does not have to be a herculean task, if the mother is prepared for what is before her. It can prove to be the transition from one phase of life to an entirely new phase of life. If Single Mothers are prepared they can be effective and happy parents with well-adjusted children who are joy not just to the mother but to all those around them.