Services Single Parent Becoming a single dad, mum or carer is a life changing event. Being a single parent can be very rewarding, but it can also have its ups and downs. Changes in your life can be very stressful and it’s easy to underestimate the burden of day-to-day responsibilities that being a single parent can bring. Everyone worries from time to time, but problems and challenges can sometimes feel overwhelming. They can build up without you realising, especially as a busy parent. Part of being an effective parent is looking after yourself. It can be more difficult to parent well and enjoy being a parent if you’re distressed or anxious. Recognising how you feel and the possible causes is an important step to addressing your worries, but it’s equally important to get help when you need it.