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Parenting

The thought of becoming a parent can be overwhelming at anytime, but especially if the news of your pregnancy is unexpected. Caring for a new life is indeed a big responsibility but it can also be one of life’s most rewarding experiences.

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy you might be feeling unprepared to parent. There may be a number of important concerns for you if you are considering parenting – whether for your first time, or if this baby is a new addition to your family:

  • Housing
  • Family
  • Father of the baby
  • Finances
  • Employment
  • School
  • Community resources and support

Women facing single motherhood may have a unique set of concerns. These often are related to:

  • Ability to parent
  • Raising a child in the absence of a father
  • Inadequate support network
  • Relationships with others
  • Parental rights
  • Future partners

There is parenting assistance available:

  • Parenting classes
  • Support groups
  • Community resources
  • Churches
  • Counselling and other support services
  • Childcare subsidies

At times parenting will require personal sacrifice and you may need to adjust some of your goals. By making a long term plan and finding solutions to your challenges, you may find that you have the confidence to face the future as a parent.

Please feel free to connect with an online peer counsellor if you would like to discuss your options or have a referral to a local centre.