What are the best books for single mums and dads? Are there any great reads by single parents? Or diverse family stories to help your kids feel represented? Book recommendations – whether they’re empowering reads for newly single parents or beautiful picture books that help explain separation to kids – are constantly being swapped on the Frolo app, so we thought we’d gather them all together in one handy list.
How To Be a Happy Single Parent by Frolo founder Zoë Desmond and writer Rebecca Cox is a practical and inclusive guide for all single parents, whatever your family set-up, tackling the issues that face all new single and solo mums and dads, from finances to childcare and looking to the future covering topics related to dating and holidays. With single parent stories from well-known single parents in a host of different situations, there will be a situation that you can relate to, and advice to guide you in building a life you love for you and your children.
And it's not just Zoë and Rebecca, frolos are a pretty accomplished bunch – plenty more single parents have written books about their experiences. Moving, relatable, funny and insightful – every one of these is well worth a read:
Even if, previously, self-help books weren’t your cup of tea, they can provide real solace and motivations when you’re adjusting to life as a single parent. Here are some frolo favourites:
Separation and divorce can be a confusing, as well as emotionally difficult, process. If you’re not familiar with the legal terminology and the different stages involved it can seem pretty overwhelming. Frolo recommend these books to guide you through the process emotionally and practically:
If you’re thinking about dipping a toe into the waters of dating as a single parent – or you’ve been dating with limited success – consider reading up on the topic:
Transitioning to parenting on your own – while potentially navigating some big feelings and tricky behaviour from your kids – can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Check out one of these books recommended by fellow frolos for sound advice:
Books can be a really helpful tool when your family is transitioning to a new normal. These are the books that frolos recommend for helping children understand separation and divorce:
If you’d like to introduce more diversity into your child’s bookshelf, these books which celebrate diverse families and educate kids on the history of racism are a great place to start: