Get any group of women together who are thinking about becoming a single mom or are already parenting alone, and one of the first
things you’ll hear them talking about how to provide male role models. Single mothers often acknowledge this need for their sons, but I’m a firm believer that girls need male role models just as much as boys. This is an issue for single moms and lesbian couples.
The key according to our guest experts on yesterday’s Creating a Family show on Considering Becoming a Single Mom is to be intentional. Intention is easy to say, but harder to do. We give specific advice, plus talk about all the issues of becoming a mom through donor sperm or adoption.
Tips for Providing Male Role Models for Kids of Single Moms
- Consider moving nearer to your extended family so they can become part of your support network, and your male relatives can become role models. Specifically ask your dad, brother, or cousin to become more involved in your child’s life.