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Top 6 Tips for Single Parents

5. Collaborate With Your Kids.

"In a single-parent family, it's helpful if the kids can collaborate with you to accomplish the things that need to get done," Ginsberg says. He suggests talking with them about viewing the family as a team that has to work together.

"For example, if you don't get home from work until after 5, you could ask them to start preparing dinner or assist with cleaning up afterwards," Ginsberg says.

6. Give Yourself Breaks.

Recharge your batteries by arranging for your kids to be with a grandparent or babysitter for a few hours. Though it's tempting, don't use that time to clean your house or get caught up on laundry or work. 

"Do something fun with your friends, enjoy some solitude, or watch old movies all day," says Anastasi. "Learn to enjoy life and to model that for your kids."

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Reviewed on December 10, 2012

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