One of the greatest challenges for single parents is to be loving role-models for their children, showing the children through their behavior how to take personal responsibility for their own feelings and needs. Children need to learn from the role-modeling on how to nurture themselves within and how to create a sense of safety in the world. In families where both a mother and father are present, both parents can participate in nurturing the child emotionally and taking care of the child in the world, and both parents can role-model what it looks like to do this for themselves.
As matter of fact, mothering energy is that energy that nurtures while fathering energy is that energy that protects in the world that is, earning money, setting boundaries with others, speaking up for oneself. While our society often defines women as the nurturers and men as the protectors, both men and women are capable of both nurturing and protecting in the world. However, single parents have far greater challenges. They have to be both mother and father to the child. They have to take dual roles. From taking care of the family and children while as much taking the burden of sustaining the family and become a breadwinner for the family. Being a single working mother takes an endless journey of family sustainability, and child upbringing. It consumes a whole lot of energy, emotional stability, psychological support from family and friends and most of all being brave and determined. It is such a do or die mission for a single working mother.