For Single Parents
…or really any Parent
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Timing is Everything
You’re a single parent, right?
(Even if you’re not, you can still answer this one.)
When dating a new person, how long should a single parent wait before allowing their new lover to meet the kid(s)?
Using one or two-word answers only, describe what you’d do in each of the following scenarios:
- Your child walks in after visiting your ex and claims they now believe the exact opposite of whatever your religious beliefs are
- Your ex withholds two months of child support, claiming a financial hardship
- Your two children (ages 10 and 15) announce they want to live exclusively with your ex-spouse
- Your one child (age 7) announces they want to live exclusively with you and never, ever see their other parent
The Answer is 84
At what age should a child have the legal right to choose to live solely with one parent?
Mecha-Ninja Tech-Savvy Godzilla Mom
From the following, choose one or more descriptions that would best fit your style of single-parenting:
Tiger (High discipline, emphasis on structure and academics)
Free-Spirited (Lower emphasis on structure. Let the kid do almost anything they want…within reason)
Soccer Mom/Dad (Athletics, exercise, and physical activity)
Techie (Video games & devices allowed. Emphasis on computer skills)
Skill Builder (Teach the kids to follow in your footsteps. i.e.; fixing cars, hunting, fishing, cooking, sewing, et cetera)
Culture Warrior (Teach the kids to become highly involved in society.)
You’re a single parent of two boys, ages 8 and 10.
You’ve had it with their constant bickering and sibling rivalry.
Your ex-spouse isn’t helping.
How do you handle their disputes?
- Every time a fight goes down, I break it up and dish out the appropriate punishment.
- I get involved in the serious conflicts, but let them handle the small stuff.
- Ignore them. What kids?
- I hand them each a sword and tell them to fight to the death!
All Fridays become National Holidays for Grocery Shopping and Mario Kart
Here’s your chance.
Create a new nationwide law that will apply only to single parents.
Your new law can be beneficial or punitive; it’s up to you.
If your law goes against single parents in any way, describe the penalty for breaking it.
Do single parents have the right to be extra-proud?
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