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Surviving Christmas as a Single Parent

Posted on November 4th, 2018

Being a single parent at Christmas can be tough. Christmas is a special time of year, where the image of happy families buying presents, visiting Santa and sharing traditions are impossible to escape from. In reality it’s often the most…

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Separation & the children. The do’s and don’ts

Posted on August 25th, 2018

Relationship breakdowns are often one of the most difficult issues we face in life and are invariably linked with a hotbed of emotions.  Children can and do survive divorce intact, the following points are a few indicators on guiding them…

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Holidays for Single Parent Families – nervous about booking?

Posted on November 18th, 2017

At Single With Kids we’ve been offering single parent holidays since 2007 and had many, many happy holidaymakers and some very fond memories of our groups.  The words we often hear though are “we wish we’d done this earlier! ”  …

The Power of an Hour

Posted on July 8th, 2017

“If only I had time….” How often do you find yourself wishing that? What if you suddenly had 9 and a half weeks to do whatever you wanted? A question – how long do you spend watching TV per day?…

Be Good! A Daily Feel-Good Boost

Posted on June 18th, 2017

A motivation tip that’s easy to adopt but works well every time and makes you feel better about yourself .  A tip that’s as simple as it is effective and can be as small or as big as you wish. …

5 Favourite UK Holiday Destinations

Posted on June 17th, 2017

Wherever you wander… Despite my deep love of travel and exploring new countries and cultures, there’s simply no place like home. We may not enjoy the best weather nor the world’s greatest riches, but our small island offers a diversity…

Budgeting after a break-up – how to adjust to living on a single parent income

Posted on April 24th, 2017

There are so many upsetting things to deal with after a break-up – the last thing you want to be worrying about is money. It can be challenging living on one income at first, but many single parents get along…

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10 fabulous day out ideas in North Norfolk

Posted on March 18th, 2017

North Norfolk is something of a hidden gem, with plenty of beautiful unspoilt scenery and completely unique attractions. Here’s our pick of the 10 best day out ideas for all the family: 1. Hit the beach. North Norfolk has many…

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Not an end: A beginning

Posted on January 24th, 2017

Rosalind Brotherton tells SWK about her amazing journey from those scary first days as a single parent to taking steps towards a better future and finally achieving her dream. Living in a house that was falling apart around me, 3…

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Things you should never say to a single parent…

Posted on March 10th, 2016

There’s a long list of things you should never say to a single parent and I bet we’ve heard them all…..and probably smiled sweetly through gritted teeth.  The list below usually ends up as one of my greatest rants, even…

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Blended Families : Mandy (& Andy)

Posted on September 9th, 2015

There comes a time when single parents think about new relationships. Some discard the thought immediately and enjoy the freedom of being single again, some reach the place where they’re ready to start afresh.  What happens when children are involved…

Living with Bereavement : Chris and Harvey

Posted on April 16th, 2015

Parents can find themselves single in so many ways and often the most traumatic route is bereavement. How do you cope when a much loved partner dies? Chris Davies from Dorset has been a widowed parent for almost 7 years:…

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5 Foodie money saving tips involving your freezer

Posted on April 2nd, 2015

For many single parent families, food is one of the biggest weekly expenses. It’s scary to think how much we spend on food, drink, snacks and treats, but is there a way to cut food bills down to size without…

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Exciting new destination for single parents – Greek Island Escape

Posted on February 25th, 2015

We’ve got an exciting new destination for 2015, a beautiful family holiday in Greece. This is the perfect summer holiday for single parents with children of all ages, a unique spot which offers luxury, amazing cuisine and plenty of entertainment…

Single dads with daughters – answering those difficult questions!

Posted on November 1st, 2014

As a single dad, you need to accept that your little girl will start to grow up and prepare for the time when she starts to ask you questions about everything from periods to sex. You may be embarrassed, ill-informed…

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What the kids think…

Posted on October 10th, 2014

It’s amazing what the kids’ get up to on our breaks whilst the adults are distracted.  A group of girls on our Christmas break have been on the loose with a video recorder and this is the result – we’re…

Child maintenance – your questions answered

Posted on September 9th, 2014

How much should you pay towards your child’s upkeep? How do you pay this, or what if the non resident won’t pay? We’ve posted below a number of the most frequently asked questions we receive on Child Maintenance issues. What…

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You’ve Separated. What now?

Posted on August 9th, 2014

Contrary to popular (media) belief, few of us ever set out thinking we’ll separate from our partners – we pretty much think we’re in it for the longer term. It comes as a huge shock when we realise that, for…

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Recharge your life – 6 steps to regaining control

Posted on June 10th, 2014

Recharge Your Life #1  – Kill the Clutter Picture the scene: You’re driving, the traffic is horrendous, it’s pouring with rain, the kids are yelling in the back, the car is full of half eaten debris and sweet wrappers, the…

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Single Parent Holidays – Think Safety!

Posted on January 24th, 2014

Single Parent Holidays – Think Safety! There are many reasons to go on a single parent holiday,  but one that is often overlooked is safety. Imagine being in an overseas country with a young child and you have an accident,…

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SAVE £300+ off your Single Parent Holiday

Posted on November 4th, 2018

With the summer holidays now a long gone memory, our thoughts are in 2019 – and we’re offering single parent holiday discounts to get you in our mindset too! Endless sunshine, warm seas, fun company….sigh. (And a long long way…

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The 9 ‘C’s of Dealing With an Ex After Divorce

Posted on October 10th, 2018

The divorce is the end…but also the start of a new, if somewhat different kind of relationship with your ex partner. If you have children they’re difficult to ignore, and this post is a list of hints and tips in…

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SWK Member stories

Hear Chris’s story…

People become single parents in a wide number of different circumstances from divorce and separation, through to bereavement and loss, or sometimes simply through choice.

Chris suffered a tragic bereavement in 2007 when he lost his wife, Jo, to a brain tumour, leaving him alone with his 5 year old son, Harvey.

Click here to read Chris’s story.

What else we're talking about...

Eating Elephants?

Ever feel that single parent challenges are insurmountable? A few tips on reducing these.

Things never to say to a single parent

How many of these have you heard from well meaning friends & family. Do they really know what it’s like?

Travelling with kids

Getting ready for a road journey? A few simple tips to keep the travel fun and stress free, without wanting to turn back home in the first 20 minutes.

10 easy money-saving tips

Money saving for single parents – 10 easy ways to stretch your wage and get a bit of extra money in the pocket.

And the rest...

Separation & the children. The do’s and don’ts

Posted on August 25th, 2018

Relationship breakdowns are often one of the most difficult issues we face in life and are invariably linked with a hotbed of emotions.  Children can and do survive divorce intact, the following points are a few indicators on guiding them…

Tags:

Surviving Christmas as a Single Parent

Posted on November 4th, 2018

Being a single parent at Christmas can be tough. Christmas is a special time of year, where the image of happy families buying presents, visiting Santa and sharing traditions are impossible to escape from. In reality it’s often the most…

Tags:

Holidays for Single Parent Families – nervous about booking?

Posted on November 18th, 2017

At Single With Kids we’ve been offering single parent holidays since 2007 and had many, many happy holidaymakers and some very fond memories of our groups.  The words we often hear though are “we wish we’d done this earlier! ”  …

The Power of an Hour

Posted on July 8th, 2017

“If only I had time….” How often do you find yourself wishing that? What if you suddenly had 9 and a half weeks to do whatever you wanted? A question – how long do you spend watching TV per day?…

Be Good! A Daily Feel-Good Boost

Posted on June 18th, 2017

A motivation tip that’s easy to adopt but works well every time and makes you feel better about yourself .  A tip that’s as simple as it is effective and can be as small or as big as you wish. …

5 Favourite UK Holiday Destinations

Posted on June 17th, 2017

Wherever you wander… Despite my deep love of travel and exploring new countries and cultures, there’s simply no place like home. We may not enjoy the best weather nor the world’s greatest riches, but our small island offers a diversity…

Budgeting after a break-up – how to adjust to living on a single parent income

Posted on April 24th, 2017

There are so many upsetting things to deal with after a break-up – the last thing you want to be worrying about is money. It can be challenging living on one income at first, but many single parents get along…

Tags:

10 fabulous day out ideas in North Norfolk

Posted on March 18th, 2017

North Norfolk is something of a hidden gem, with plenty of beautiful unspoilt scenery and completely unique attractions. Here’s our pick of the 10 best day out ideas for all the family: 1. Hit the beach. North Norfolk has many…

Tags:

Not an end: A beginning

Posted on January 24th, 2017

Rosalind Brotherton tells SWK about her amazing journey from those scary first days as a single parent to taking steps towards a better future and finally achieving her dream. Living in a house that was falling apart around me, 3…

Tags: , , , ,

Things you should never say to a single parent…

Posted on March 10th, 2016

There’s a long list of things you should never say to a single parent and I bet we’ve heard them all…..and probably smiled sweetly through gritted teeth.  The list below usually ends up as one of my greatest rants, even…

Tags:

Blended Families : Mandy (& Andy)

Posted on September 9th, 2015

There comes a time when single parents think about new relationships. Some discard the thought immediately and enjoy the freedom of being single again, some reach the place where they’re ready to start afresh.  What happens when children are involved…

Living with Bereavement : Chris and Harvey

Posted on April 16th, 2015

Parents can find themselves single in so many ways and often the most traumatic route is bereavement. How do you cope when a much loved partner dies? Chris Davies from Dorset has been a widowed parent for almost 7 years:…

Tags:

5 Foodie money saving tips involving your freezer

Posted on April 2nd, 2015

For many single parent families, food is one of the biggest weekly expenses. It’s scary to think how much we spend on food, drink, snacks and treats, but is there a way to cut food bills down to size without…

Tags:

Exciting new destination for single parents – Greek Island Escape

Posted on February 25th, 2015

We’ve got an exciting new destination for 2015, a beautiful family holiday in Greece. This is the perfect summer holiday for single parents with children of all ages, a unique spot which offers luxury, amazing cuisine and plenty of entertainment…

Single dads with daughters – answering those difficult questions!

Posted on November 1st, 2014

As a single dad, you need to accept that your little girl will start to grow up and prepare for the time when she starts to ask you questions about everything from periods to sex. You may be embarrassed, ill-informed…

Tags:

What the kids think…

Posted on October 10th, 2014

It’s amazing what the kids’ get up to on our breaks whilst the adults are distracted.  A group of girls on our Christmas break have been on the loose with a video recorder and this is the result – we’re…

Child maintenance – your questions answered

Posted on September 9th, 2014

How much should you pay towards your child’s upkeep? How do you pay this, or what if the non resident won’t pay? We’ve posted below a number of the most frequently asked questions we receive on Child Maintenance issues. What…

Tags:

You’ve Separated. What now?

Posted on August 9th, 2014

Contrary to popular (media) belief, few of us ever set out thinking we’ll separate from our partners – we pretty much think we’re in it for the longer term. It comes as a huge shock when we realise that, for…

Tags:

Recharge your life – 6 steps to regaining control

Posted on June 10th, 2014

Recharge Your Life #1  – Kill the Clutter Picture the scene: You’re driving, the traffic is horrendous, it’s pouring with rain, the kids are yelling in the back, the car is full of half eaten debris and sweet wrappers, the…

Tags: ,

Single Parent Holidays – Think Safety!

Posted on January 24th, 2014

Single Parent Holidays – Think Safety! There are many reasons to go on a single parent holiday,  but one that is often overlooked is safety. Imagine being in an overseas country with a young child and you have an accident,…

Tags:

Life After Separation – 10 Tips on Managing the Change

Posted on September 10th, 2018

It’s rarely  in the master plans. Like many a little girl my dreams included Prince Charmings and white weddings, rose clad cottages, freshly baked bread and smiling children…and definitely not the emotional hell of a divorce or  life as a…

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Practical advice to help your children through a separation

Posted on July 1st, 2018

You’d have to have to be in serious denial to imagine that when a couple split up, it doesn’t have a very real effect on their children. During and following a split, children pick up every little sign of tension…

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