There are many obstacles to being a single parent. As a counselor for many years, I have seen both mothers and fathers have a difficult time shifting from working with another parent to doing it on their own. Some of the skills we need to re-learn are tough – such as empathy.
The author, Dave Taylor said it eloquently, “My greatest challenge once we separated and the kids would be with me was learning how to be more gentle, not more strict with them. Empathy.”