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Support group for single parents is a success

Staff reports

Family Support Council’s first Single Parenting Support Group last month was a success due to the interest of those involved.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, July 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Single parents of all ages are invited.

Free child care is available on the premises, but it is necessary to pre-register.

“Bring along your ideas and issues. Let’s brainstorm on the needs of the single parents in this area. Now is the time to get involved. Going it alone can be difficult, but there are steps you can take to help you deal with some of those issues, be it grief, finances, holidays, loneliness or the balancing act,” said Cary Jackson of the Family Support Council.

“Whatever the issue, you can do something about it today. Start by getting involved with other parents like yourself. There is great comfort in establishing relationships with people of like situations who can understand what you’re going through,” he said.

There are issues in common, as Diane Chambers writes in her book, “Solo Parenting.”

“Single parents who never married or never lived with the other parent may grieve over the loss of a particular lifestyle or relationship that may have been. Consequently, most single parents will have to work through a grieving process, allowing themselves to experience denial, anger, depression and acceptance,” Chambers says.

A recent Census Bureau study revealed that single parents head one-third of American families.

Call the Family Support Council at 782-8692 or drop by the office at 1255 Waterloo in Gardnerville.