Any recommendations on single mom parenting books? To give a little background as to what I’m looking for, I’m a single 23yr old mom to a 6yr old boy with an absent father. I’m struggling to discipline correctly, keeping patience and explaining things in a way a 6yr old can comprehend. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a good kid, he’s just got an attitude, and I struggle breaking that.
I’m a single mother of a 6 year old boy myself. I’ve found videos of super nanny or jo frost on YouTube very helpful!
I’ve also taken free parenting classes that were offered in my community, that the local county offered. It cover’s discipline.
“Parenting with Love and Logic” I think theres an online course that goes with it also!
Amazon search single moms raising boys books
Teaching Your children how to mind Without losing yours
Bringing up Boys by Dr James Dobson
Sounds to me you’re doing fine. He’ll grow outta that attitude especially when he sees the amount of love & patience you give him everyday. I raised two on my own & I spoke to them like I would speak to anyone. Kids are smarter than some would think.
Also with a lack of a father being present, he it sounds like there might be aime unresolved grief with regards to his dad not being present. There is a book called Chuldren and Grief. Check the Grief Recivery Method website for articles and books available.
They love and logic online. Also see if there is a strengthening families program in your community. There are lots of great resources out there.
I have two girls. Their dad died of cancer when they were 4 & 8. It is difficult being both the disciplinarian and the trusted safe, soft place. I found the kids really needed clear boundaries and structure. I also found they were not too young to understand how their behaviors impacted me and our overall happiness. It was not always easy, but looking back, it was totally worth the investment.
Try conscious discipline online
I was a single mom for 8 years with a boy. I will say seeing a family counselor that saw us both helped immensely. Also, The Strong Willed Child by Dr Dobson and Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline are great reads. I would say the best thing for him was sports to help get energy out and have a male role model. He is 15 now and we are super close.
Can you get him in a big brother situation? Or if you have male family who can step up here and there to have talks with him. there is no book. No child is the same and no book will help you with all the different ways to parent. He is a boy and boys need a man. I know amazing boys who turned into men with single moms, but there’s something boys get from male figures, even a grandfather would be great.
I can’t offer a book but I can seriously state whatever happens take a deep breath and respond and not react. One thing both of you need to learn with each other is if you have to take a minute then you have to take a minute so that you don’t hurt each other with words and reactions
There’s a devotional book called Every Single Day, geared for single moms. I found this very helpful when I had my little boy- it’s not overly preachy, but speaks to every day issues with single parenting. It’s a great way to start your day.
Ask his school if they can provide you with a behavioral therapist. That way, any advice would be tailored specifically to your needs. Insurance will cover it.
I became a single mom at 27 with a 7 year old girl and a 4 year old boy. They are now 49 and 46 and wonderful parents themselves. The Bible, prayer, patience, and love were my guide.
Best method is distraction and giving child two choices that puts it in his hands. They usually don’t want either but that is a firm either or
I didn’t do any books but I found that my son’s pediatrician and day care providers were super helpful! Chin up mama, you got this!