Single Parent Or Solo Parent: Which One Are You?

A mom and her child

Which type of partner-less parent are you? Single or solo?

It sounds overwhelming, but there are some good things about being a solo parent. You don't have to consult anyone else on your parenting decisions. You don't have to deal with your ex or your ex's significant other or anyone, really. You don't have to depend on anyone else's schedule. You don't have to get stressed out over canceled visits and whether or not you think your ex is taking enough visitation, or whatever. You can just do what you want and what you think is best for your child.

Then again, of course, there are no breaks. None. And you have to be mom and dad, which sucks because, let's face it, it's hard enough to just be one or the other.

Due to Tyler's periodic extended absences from Caroline's life, I guess I can say I've been both, and I definitely prefer being a single parent to being a solo parent. I need those breaks that I get when he takes his visitation. And it's better for her if he is around. It definitely makes for an adjustment period when he comes back into the picture (and we are entering this phase now that he is back from North Dakota), but once we've all worked through that, I know it will be easier on everyone overall.

Which type of partner-less parent are you: single or solo? What do you like about the type of single parent you are?

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This article was originally published at Parents. Reprinted with permission from the author.