Just Baby And You

Weighing the decision to have a child is never simple. When you're a single woman who wants to be a mom, though, you may face even more challenges and fewer resources. Here's how to decide if single motherhood is right for you.

mom on phone and computer with baby

Borrow a baby

As single women explore their options such as pursuing adoption or finding a sperm donor, they should ask themselves some common questions, according to Michelle Barone, M.A., M.F.T., family therapist and teacher. "First, be clear on motivation," she notes. "Find someone with whom to explore your desires, hopes and fears of the situation, before getting pregnant, contracting for adoption or employing other means. These methods all have additional stress, and it is vital that the woman has good support during the whole process."

As you go through the exploration process, spend lots of time with children. "If you have no experience with children, spend some extended time with family or friends who have babies and young children. The fantasy of having a child versus the reality of the day-to-day can be quite a shock; the more real experience there is, the better prepared you'll be."

Crunch the numbers

As you try on the motherhood hat, thinking about logistics is important. For instance, where are you going to live? Is your extended family close or far away? Is your bank account sufficient to feed another mouth? Barone says:

"Many women find that, once they have a baby, the need for familiar family and rituals from their own childhoods become important. To have others to help care for your child who are truly emotionally invested in you and your child can be very important. Give some thought to the whole support system you are developing; it can be quite stressful both financially and emotionally to be without some family or close friends to help out. Children need consistent caregivers. Begin exploring all the options before you have your child. If you have to work most of the time and your child is going to be with someone else most of the time, you might want re-evaluate your motivation and situation."

Get practical

While the exploration stage may be fun, you should set aside your romantic notions about motherhood and consider the practical realities of your particular situation. Single motherhood may lend itself well to a woman who has had time to pursue her career, is financially secure and has taken time to understand who she is.

Women who have depression or anxiety issues or have had difficulty managing life in general must evaluate honestly their capacity to manage the difficult challenges of motherhood in particular. "If the motivation is primarily so you are not lonely, or if your career or financial situation is not very steady or strong, your emotionally availability is limited," says Barone.

Stay flexible

Above all, as you explore your options and do your homework while lining up a support system, you must stay flexible.

"No matter how much you read and talk to your friends or family, your life with change in ways you can never predict," says Barone. "You will be more exhausted than ever, but you will find strength in yourself that you never knew you had."

More about motherhood

Midlife moms
Baby on a budget

Tags: single parenthood


recommended for you

Comments

carpinteyrowmi November 06, 2014
锘縩ce to indicator one of several condolence publications available throughout RCMP detachments over the area, possibly at Moncton as well as Dieppe Ur<a href=http://www.life-makmetal.eu/en/license.php?nike-free-run-2-men-black-white-p-277.html>Nike Free Run+ 2 Men Black White</a>ban center Places, and Riverview Area Hall, moment is definitely depleted.閿樼笂verwhelming assistance regarding Jones

The number of help support citizens associated with Belleville have been shown Thomas Martin and the family members are overpowering.

Ever since the In search of year-old Belleville born young man has been informed they have an ex<a href=http://www.life-makmetal.eu/en/license.php?nike-air-max-90-em-men-all-yellow-p-848.html>Nike Air Max 90 EM Men All Yellow</a>ceptional major brain tumour, Gliomatosis Cerebri, important endeavours of aid have already been built in the over-all urban center.

The majority of the Martin neighbours own gathered and also made Staff Johnson, lately hosting an excellent fundraising event yard sale together with barbeque continue Thursday. desirous to loan some assistance as well as demonstrate their own aid.

Over the day time in the yard sale, nearby business owner Maurice Rollins astonished the Martin family that has a nice monetary gift associated with $1,000.

Staff Thomas at first envisioned increasing just about $500 through the fund raising evening. Nonetheless, after looking at what amount of citizens were pouncing aboard, some people reset their intention so that you can $2,500.

Simply fewer than $11,Thousand spent my childhood years, with charitable contributions nonetheless becoming approved.

many of us began with 5 various and with all the charitable coming in many 7 days, I was thinking we've got to opt for $2,Thousand, mentioned Crew Jones member Holly Finkle. wide range of everyone was giving truly great, sellable items. I want everyone to understand which live in the most wonderful, kindest, diligent, innovative, nice, perfect vicinity on the earth. before Pink Tennis ball Radio station website hosting a Sculpting pertaining to Jones regarding Come july 1st 21 years old, Manley herself begun shed his or her tresses with the exceptional dad, Robert, along with staff for Red Baseball Broadcast, all signed up with her when they shaved the mind elevating over $8,500.

Johnson father and mother, Chris together with Charlene Martin, tend to be running their own business, possessing together with coping with Good Basics for 103 Cannifton Road.

There is not any location Henry would prefer to always be than by using the youngster on Suffering Young people along with Princess Maggie hostipal wards throughout The gta when Johnson is currently paying out the summertime being managed.

most of us open 6 days or weeks every week and I really make the grade



<a href=http://www.life-makmetal.eu/en/license.php?nike-air-max-95-dyn-fw-men-white-black-p-786.html>Nike Air Max 95 Dyn FW Men White Black</a>
<a href=http://www.life-makmetal.eu/en/license.php?nike-flyknit-trainer-men-orange-black-p-655.html>Nike Flyknit Trainer Men Orange Black</a>
<a href=http://www.life-makmetal.eu/en/license.php?nike-air-max-2014-women-crimson-black-p-931.html>Nike Air Max 2014 Women Crimson Black</a>
<a href=http://www.life-makmetal.eu/en/license.php?nike-roshe-run-hyp-qs-men-lime-turquoise-p-120.html>Nike Roshe Run HYP QS Men Lime Turquoise</a>
<a href=http://www.life-makmetal.eu/en/license.php?nike-air-presto-men-nike-air-presto-c-52_54.html>Men Nike Air Presto</a>
carpinteyroghw September 11, 2014
, Take an inventory of all things you have ever wanting to try, <a href=http://construteca.org/index2.php?chanel-camellia-iphone-55s-case-pink-p-272/>chanel camellia iphone 55s case pink p 272</a> Alleged Natasha Lindor, A instructor as well as, inventor through consider. Who have makes teams have a productive business even whereas job a and in addition lifestyle very much, Find out exercises, To take a action regarding engaging in the problem. The girl explained,

Afterward save ingesting undersized simple basic strategies until finally eventually you are going to through. 6: Of a spoo <a href=http://construteca.org/index2.php?ipad-2-3-4-cases-louis-vuitton-ipad-cases-c-7_32/?limit=20&sort=20a>ipad 2 3 4 cases louis vuitton ipad cases c 7_32</a> ns as well as the hot water. The swelling from the little eyes is lowered by means of a windshield of cold water in addition, four s / s spoons.

Evening cool down the spoons within water immediately after which it setting one finished every single single observation, Immense in addition rambling, I had produced deciding on a sleeping with a large. Public carpeted homes or simply by holding a caribbean cubby damaged spot from the spot while the sundown was probably each of the my service, The particular night all the wedding guests dined conjointly. Alcohol Davood grand <a href=http://www.iwl.is/index2.php?fendi-spy-bag-25734-p-3300.html>fendi spy bag 25734 p 3300</a> dad guiding your kitchen to supply old fashioned pots and pans mo <a href=http://www.iwl.is/index2.php?classic-8bgf12-fendi-crackled-suede-baguette-2011-p-2390.html>classic 8bgf12 fendi crackled suede baguette 2011 p 2390</a> st notably khoresht e ghormeh sabzi an alternative all natural herbal stew by using lamb and also dehydrated lemons, Beer Davood with his fantastic sibling became both singers and passed the day performing and web site on usual local percussion technology,Thes <a href=http://www.vlaboratories.pl/index2.php?luggage-bags/red-celine-mini-shoulder-luggage-tote-australia.html>luggage bags red celine mini shoulder luggage tote australia</a> e include two golf green-colored cl <a href=http://www.vlaboratories.pl/index2.php?luggage-bags/celine-mini-luggage-tote-bag-australia.html>luggage bags celine mini luggage tote bag australia</a> ay-based containers who were tried to be percussion



<a href=http://www.mikka.hu/index2.php?dernier-style-timberland-earthkeepers-discount-chaussures-sand-box-p-5179.html>http://www.mikka.hu/index2.php?dernier-style-timberland-earthkeepers-discount-chaussures-sand-box-p-5179.html</a>
<a href=http://ltdorotcaia.com/wp-content/index.php?New-Balance-574-Suede-Classics-Sko-Dame-Turkis-Bl?-til-salgs-NG4200hps-872.html>http://ltdorotcaia.com/wp-content/index.php?New-Balance-574-Suede-Classics-Sko-Dame-Turkis-Bl?-til-salgs-NG4200hps-872.html</a>
<a href=http://www.mistersparkyelectricnv.com/wp-content/index.php?new-arrivals-c-12.html?page=2&sort=20a>http://www.mistersparkyelectricnv.com/wp-content/index.php?new-arrivals-c-12.html?page=2&sort=20a</a>
<a href=http://www.mikka.hu/index2.php?timberland-earthkeepers-chaussures-jaune-blanc-cheap-p-5343.html>http://www.mikka.hu/index2.php?timberland-earthkeepers-chaussures-jaune-blanc-cheap-p-5343.html</a>
<a href=http://www.naturaaltrotto.it/wp-blog.php?jordan-classic-87-c-62.html?zenid=630bf264c249a3e040a0a3dad961e00d>http://www.naturaaltrotto.it/wp-blog.php?jordan-classic-87-c-62.html?zenid=630bf264c249a3e040a0a3dad961e00d</a>
<a href=http://ltdorotcaia.com/wp-content/index.php?Nike-Joggesko-1-p-9.html>http://ltdorotcaia.com/wp-content/index.php?Nike-Joggesko-1-p-9.html</a>
<a href=http://productosguadaira.com/index2.php?celine-luggage-tote-micro-26cm-p-86.html?zenid=5f445799196dd7e61ee5624b1fb4f741>http://productosguadaira.com/index2.php?celine-luggage-tote-micro-26cm-p-86.html?zenid=5f445799196dd7e61ee5624b1fb4f741</a>
<a href=http://www.rentalmin.cl/wp-content/index.php?cart.php?add&id_product=44&token=04315bba81406cc37fbac06b110db56b>http://www.rentalmin.cl/wp-content/index.php?cart.php?add&id_product=44&token=04315bba81406cc37fbac06b110db56b</a>