The idea of parenting can seem overwhelming and uncertain for any number of reasons. Parenting is never painless, no matter what your age, financial situation, or background. However, there are more resources today than ever before for women who choose to parent independently. Plus, we are here to support and advise you and connect you to the resources you need to parent with confidence.
Is Parenting Right for Me?
This is a big question, but the answer might surprise you. Many women who were not planning on being moms yet, took on the challenge and were very successful. This does not mean it was seamless or easy. Parenting is one of the hardest things you can do, but with the right support system in place, it is also one of the most fulfilling things you can do with your life.
What Does Parenting Look Like?
As you think about this option, you probably have a good idea of the level of commitment required. Parenting is not a one-time decision you never think about again. Instead, it is a lifelong commitment that will bring challenges and joy.
Here are some questions to consider:
- Do you have support from your partner or parents?
- How will parenting impact your job or education?
- Can you financially support a child?
- What resources are available to help as you raise your child?
There is a tremendous amount of community support for women who choose to parent. We have a list of locations ready to help you with financial assistance, food, clothing, and transportation.
At ABBA, we offer both a Parenting Skills Learn & Earn Program and a mom’s mentor program, MOMCHECK. By signing up for our courses and fulfilling the requirements, you will be earning “baby points.” You can use them to obtain maternity and baby clothes, diapers, formula, and other essentials. We even have a program specially designed for teen mothers.
We’re here for you as you navigate parenthood. Our client advocates will sit down with you and help you work through the pros and cons of parenting. Please schedule an appointment today, and let’s talk about this wonderful option. We are here to give you the help you need!