Have a single parent as a friend, at your church, or in your family you want to honor? Why not help them celebrate special days like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Single Parents Day, etc.? Special days and holidays can be a rough time for single parents, especially if they have small children and a weak support system. Often, they can feel forgotten or have a “me against the world attitude.” Simple acknowledgement of them and their journey can be enough to ignite the strength within them that they need to keep going and to perform as a parent at a positive level. Listed below are ideas for friends and family to help single parents celebrate special days or any day.
- Send a card, text, or email with an encouraging, inspirational note of support
- Send a card celebrating the day-birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc.
- Call them and spend five minutes chatting and wishing them a Happy Birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, etc
- Buy a gift card to their favorite place-store, restaurant, movies, spa, salon, etc.
- Simply acknowledge their presence
- Treat them to lunch
- Assist young children in buying or making a gift for their parent
- Organize a surprise party
- Plan a day or night out, without the kids but with a friend
- Schedule a play-date for the kids while the parents visit
- Make up coupons for them to cash in: Good for babysitting, good for one family meal, good for a treat, and good for an hour of house cleaning assistance, etc.
- Decorate a can or box and fill it with affirmations
- Buy the fixings for a birthday, special day, or holiday meal and deliver the groceries to their house
- Take up a collection to help cover “back to school” costs and clothing for children
- Organize a Christmas gift drive for single parents and their children at your church
- Invite them to your house for a celebration
Do your own brainstorming, especially if you know the single parent well. Make a tailor made gesture you know they will remember and cherish. Design a keepsake of the event or gesture.
Single parents, do not be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help when needed. Remember, no matter how you came about your situation, mom or dad, you are not alone.
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