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Diane C Dierks, LMFT

The wise old suggestion to save 10 percent & give 10 percent of our income are admirable goals, but nearly impossible for many single parents. Single mothers are the least likely group to save because a large percentage earn below poverty level. more

In my conversations with many single parents, I often sense a feeling of hopelessness about their ongoing struggles. Simply maintaining what we have can be a challenge that doesn’t seem to leave much room for personal growth. more

Most single parents struggle with how to juggle vacation schedules with the ex, arrange daycare for their elementary-age kids, or keep their teenagers busy and out of trouble. Very few are planning their next solo exotic getaway. more

Divorce often creates a financial imbalance between parents. If one parent remarries and the other doesn’t, there may be a difference in lifestyles between the two homes, which can create a sense of competition between parents. more

After a painful breakup, there is often nothing left but raw emotions. Unfortunately, we react to these emotions, exaggerate reality and appease our anger. That might feel good, but it’s definitely not a healthy reaction to share with your children. more

Not only is the “parenting” part of being a single parent a tough job, but when you add the financial responsibility to the mix, we find that raising kids in our world takes more than most single parents can earn. more