If you find you’re bringing up a child/children on your own, never be afraid to ask for help. There are many reasons children come from single parent families and there are equally many ways in which you and your children can be supported during times of change.

Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family to help. Maintaining healthy relationships with the people around you will help your children get through times of change.

If you find yourself coparenting ensure both parents agree to time with the children that works for you all. Places such as Gingerbread and Family Lives offer advice on how to make arrangements for you all.

Losing a loved one is a very hard time for everyone and if you find yourself as a single parent this can seem like a daunting time.

You need to find time for yourself to grieve as well as support your children through their feelings of loss and change. Where you can ask friends and family to help; cooking meals for you until you find your new routine, looking after the children so you can have some time for you and being there for you all when you need someone to talk to.

There are many charities and support groups ready to help you too:

Cruse Bereavement Support - Losing a Partner or Spouse | Coping with the Death of a Spouse 

Government financial support 

NHS help with grief 

Mind - bereavement support