A frolo recently took to the Frolo feed to ask for recommendations on how to be content alone and in particular, how to be happy alone with the kids. As always, the community of frolos rallied round with some great advice, so we decided to share some of it here in case anyone else is feeling lonely right now.
One thing it is important to remember is to avoid forming unhealthy attachments to people out of loneliness. Read our community tips on dealing with loneliness, below.
Dealing with loneliness as a single parent depends on identifying why it is that you’re feeling lonely. Is it because you physically need more people in your life, ie, you’re missing a romantic or platonic relationship with a partner or friends and being a single parent is making this impossible? Or is it because you are not feeling fulfilled emotionally by only having a parenting role? Journaling about your feelings when you’re experiencing loneliness is one way to get to the route of the problem, and then you will be in a better position to address change.
The first port of call for anyone feeling lonely is Frolo, the single parent app. Download the app and join a meet-up today, we're all here for you. Being a single parent can feel all-encompassing and overwhelming. It can feel like there is so much weight on your shoulders, and that nobody understands. But we promise you, there are thousands of other single parents out there feeling exactly the same as you are, right now. Connecting with others who are in the same situation as you are, can make you feel less lonely almost instantaneously. On the app you'll find message boards, meet-ups (both online and in person) and local frolos who you can get together with and turn lonely weekends into fun-filled days and nights. Download the Frolo app here.
There is nothing wrong with feeling lonely when you’re at home with the children, so try and remove guilt from this equation. We all need multiple forms of connection to feel emotionally fulfilled, some will be fulfilled through caring roles, others might need physical touch or intellectual connection. Think carefully about what might be missing, and then you can seek this out, either in real life, or via online community and connection.
Getting some new perspective via books or other reading materials is also a great idea. Here are our frolos’ tips for dealing with loneliness as a single parent.
Join the Frolo Community if you're feeling lonely as a single parent. We've got you. To join Frolo Dating, simply download the Frolo app.
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