Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Going it Alone: Overcoming the Challenges of Single Parenting

Published August 2011: eHow Family & Relationships

Going it Alone: Overcoming the Challenges of Single Parenting
Finding a Healthy Balance

Article Excerpt:

At times, it may seem like it takes a village to raise a child, but for single parents, that village often feels like a party of one. Single parenting poses challenges for even the most organized mom or dad, and without an extra hand, it can seem like a daunting task.

A moment alone may seem like only a dream when you have the role of both mom and dad. According to Jessica Stebbins, a Florida-based family therapist, it is crucial for single parents to focus on the positives in their life and the joy that a child brings.

“It is essential to accept that life changes with a baby and come to the conclusion that this is a positive thing,” Stebbins said. To that end, with resources and support systems in place, single parents can find the perfect balance while raising a healthy child.

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– Shannon Philpott



August 18, 2011 - Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work


  1. Shannon, our daughter Jill is a single parent. She has done a great job raising Lucas. She has had some training as she was an early childhood major, teaches K-3 and has a Masters in Education. It has taken a lot of work and a lot patience. Lucas surely gives her and us lots of joy…

    Comment by Anonymous | August 18, 2011 | Reply

    • I couldn’t agree more. This article was so interesting to research, especially since I’m a single mother myself. Single parenting takes strength and patience but the reward is well worth the effort.

      Comment by sphilpott | August 18, 2011 | Reply

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