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Single Parent Life

This section is packed full of articles, features and interviews all about the everyday issues that affect single parent families like yours. We publish a new article every month, so put your feet up and have a browse.

The latest:

Love hearts

Why valentines day has no place in today's society

Ayse shares what Valentines day means to her and why she thinks it should have been left in the 18th century.

What she said

Valentines hearts

The good, the bad and the absolutely terrifying

Karen smashes some stereotypes as she blogs about her experience of dating as a single parent.

What she said

Lettice Fisher

Celebrating 99 years of working with single parent families.

In the aftermath of the First World War, more women than ever found themselves without a partner to help raise their children. Single parent families received little protection from government, and many faced a life of poverty.

Read about our beginnings


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Finding love again

What not to say to a single parent

We asked single parents about the things they wish people wouldn't say to them or their children.

See the highlights

Finding love again

JK Rowling

Gingerbread President J K Rowling writes exclusively on stigma, welfare cuts and her experience of being a single parent.

Read her story


tantrum 30 avatar
tantrum 30
16 March 2017 19:55

This is my third time been a single parent I was with my last partner 20years and had 4children together he was lovely. At first but as his diabetes. And health got worse he became very self absorbed. And controlling so the last 4 years were hell on earth especially. After his stroke .his family have never really been interested. Because I had other children.after I asked my ex to leave he choose to leave the day he was meant to be looking after our younger children while I was at day surgery. With my middle one taking marital bed tv and half the furniture and my wedding ring .even after that i still tried to be amicable,and offered him half the half term holidays and 2 weeks in summer and every other weekend and one evening a week which he didn't stick too.each letter costs 150.00 and he refuses to go to mediation or sign the divorce papers.which is all part of the control ,I dont miss him as a partner and I stayed way to long for sake of the kids.but sometimes. I wish we could be friend's

KelvindaleArt avatar
31 January 2017 10:42

Well sorry Elle but that position makes no sense at all. Three stories featured, two about single dads. Single parents overwhelmingly women. It seems like women shifting over to accommodate men, which is ironic considering the number of women in this position because of the lack of concern and support from men. Really off putting to be honest. No one said men can't be single parents, or expect support. But to be highlighting their stories disproportionately makes me think that Gingerbread is out of touch.

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Elle - Gingerbread
20 January 2017 10:23

All single parents who are dedicated to their children deserve to be represented and supported, no matter their statistical representation.

KelvindaleArt avatar
19 January 2017 14:00

Wow! Didn't expect to log in and see Gingerbread promoting two stories about Single Dads when all the members' stories are about men abandoning them and their children! I'm all for inclusion, but the face of single parenthood is female!

cassiesmummy avatar
17 December 2016 13:59

Hi, I have just joined today. My boyfriend broke up with me 3 days ago. Although he wasn't my daughters biological father, he was the only father she ever really knew, we had been together since she was 3 months old, she is 3 now. This morning I told my dad that we had broken up and as I was crying, my daughter grabbed my hand and said 'don't worry mummy you can go to bed and lay down and Jordan (my now ex) will be here soon to pick you up' it absolutely broke my heart. She's grown so used to him and his family, we both had :(

Slowlybutsurely avatar
13 December 2016 21:04

It is heartbreaking. I split with my daughters father earlier this year. Prior to that he was a daily figure in her life. She is 3. She used to ask for her dad all the time. I would try to explain that mummy and daddy were not friends anymore. I would tell her that mummy loves her very much and that now it would be just the 2 of us. I don't have much family and no friends because of her father. She interacts with children at nursery but aside from that it's just me and her. It gets real lonely sometimes but I give thanks everyday that I have my princess. Out of bad came something good.

Redbinz avatar
23 November 2016 14:40

My daughter got all excited as her paternal grandmother was popping in to see her. She lives 10 mins away and hasn't been in contact with me since I contacted CMS due to non-payment from her Son!! She was due at 11.30am - she didn't show up or even call. Little one was so upset as another adult isn't interested in her life. So sad!!

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p jay
14 October 2016 07:49

I took my 11 year old to view a high school on open day. A lot of her friends went to it hit home again how it is just me with my children , no father input in their life not there on sports day , parents evening just not there never there even when we were together. Now he sees them 5 times a month and sees himself as a great father but rarely does anything with them . The agreed maintainence has reduced as he has financial difficulties. I feel he's got his cake and he's eatting it and I'm picking up the crumbs. Wish I'd chosen better for my children

Innasmith avatar
03 September 2016 19:01

Yea,is very sad.My friends families is normal,only me is single mom,so my daughter alwes ask me why I don't have a father? She is missing a lot.But how you can explain to a little girl the truth?...

Yesbaby43 avatar
02 August 2016 22:25

Never mind Hun my 31/2 year old daughter always asks me why daddy doesn't live with us. It's painful to hear :(. Assure the kids that you would be doing something fun and exciting soon enough. Tell them it's for a 'special' crew of you and them for now. Try to join up with another family crew around to make a larger unit if possible. My kids call a couple of my childhood friends auntie even though my real relatives are further away. I hope you do find the wisdom to tackle this dear, wishing you the very best :)

greenie avatar
27 July 2016 15:15

Today has been very hard I have three children and my middle child had a play date with his best friend at ours as the kids were playing his little mate told him that they are going on holiday. My son was up in the kitchen asking me about when we will go on holiday and how nice it would feel to have extended family members to visit I cried because I didn't know what to say. I wish for kids to have extended family members or even a father figure in their lives.

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