By: Linda Buice, STPRC Volunteer
As stated in previous blog posts, pregnancy is a life-changing moment for a woman and those close to her regardless of age. Let's discuss single parenting.
The dictionary defines parenting as the process of taking care of children until they are old enough to take care of themselves or the things that parents do to raise a child. Depending on your circumstances, parenting by yourself might seem impossible. This may feel especially true if you are single without support from others. Perhaps, you have not had good examples of parenting in your life. This could make you feel even more overwhelmed or leave you feeling totally unqualified. You don’t have to feel alone. We are here to help you explore all options completely and help you to know your rights. Each situation is different and is handled individually.
Becoming completely informed about possible choices is the first step. Our help includes exploring the similarities and differences between adoption and single parenting. We can show you the resources and support available to you and also help you find answers to questions you might have about being a single parent.
Our website mentions our Life Center which is at a nearby location. At this center we offer both pregnancy and parenting education in addition to material assistance. We also have support for fathers. The staff and volunteers of the STPRC believe that single moms and dads can be GREAT moms and dads. Please remember that parenting is not a journey you need to go through alone. Help and support is available to help you parent. We are here to support you by first talking with you confidentially about all of your options. If you choose to parent we want to walk alongside you through that journey by offering education, material assistance, and emotional and spiritual support. Mostly, we want to walk alongside you to witness you succeed as a loving and nurturing mom or dad!
The Southern Tier Pregnancy Resource Center has a variety of resources available as well as qualified peer-counselors to help you become better informed and give you the support you need. Our services are kept confidential. We are here to help you. Contact us today for an appointment.
"Parenting." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 11 July 2016.
Written by the staff and volunteers of the Southern Tier PRC.