My Options: Parenting
The thought of becoming a parent can be overwhelming, especially when your pregnancy is unexpected.
Your role in caring for a new life is indeed a big responsibility, and it can also be one of life’s most rewarding experiences.
Things to Consider
If you are facing an unexpected pregnancy you might be feeling unprepared to parent. No doubt there are a number of things on your mind as you consider parenting.
Some common considerations are:
- Father of the baby
- Community resources and support
When facing single motherhood, there are a few unique considerations:
- Ability to parent
- Raising a child in the absence of a father
- Inadequate support network
- Parental rights
- Future partners
Available Help for Parents
You may have heard the proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This means parenting is done best with the help of a supportive network.
Available assistance includes:
- Parenting classes
- Mom’s groups
- Community resources
- Counselling and other support services
- Childcare subsidies
At times, parenting will require personal sacrifice. You may need to adjust or delay some of your goals, and expand your social circle to obtain support.
By making a long term plan, and finding solutions to your challenges, you may find the confidence to face the future as a parent.
You are not alone.