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Why does the Lone Parent forum not form part of general Parenting?

(8 Posts)
waitingfornaru Tue 16-Aug-11 13:20:34

I wanted to put a topic in Lone Parents too, but there's little traffic there, then I thought, why is that even a seperate forum, whether you are lone or paired, it's still all parenting.

Anything specific to being a lone parent can still be discussed in the general Parenting forum, can't it?
It just seems to push lone parents further outside 'the norm'.

Is it worth a request to Mumsnet to incorporate Lone Parents into Parenting?

cjbartlett Tue 16-Aug-11 13:22:21

It makes it easier
So if you start a thread there saying 'how to get my three kids into bed at the same time' you don't get ten answers saying 'get dh to help'

cjbartlett Tue 16-Aug-11 13:22:59

And you don't need to start every thread with 'I'm a lone parent'

BrawToken Tue 16-Aug-11 13:25:52

Because lone parenting can be different to parenting as a couple. For example, I have just asked my dp to pick my wee on up from nursery after he finishes work so that I can go pre school shopping with the big one (have taken toil, so finished work for the day yippeee). When I was a lone parent, I would have had to do it all myself.

I would have loved a MN back then (but I didn't have a computer 10 years ago) to vent about the pressures and about the difficulties of managing the parenting alone and the trials of sharing a child with an ex partner too.

colditz Tue 16-Aug-11 13:33:52

because it's not just parenting.

Because if I want to know how to grab a shower when my baby doesn't sleep until midnight, my toddler gets up at 5, and isn't safe to be left, awake, with the baby, I DON'T want to hear "Shower before your husband goes to work you dirty trollop!"

colditz Tue 16-Aug-11 13:35:51

In other words, the LP forum is for problems specific to lone parenting. EVERYONE wants their child to eat peas without throwing them, so LPs post on parenting too. NOT everyone is alone with their children 24/7.

Meglet Tue 16-Aug-11 13:44:06

What everyone else said. The logistics are much harder when you're on your own. I'm not free to go to the supermarket / gym once the kids are asleep as I'm on my own.

muslimah28 Tue 16-Aug-11 22:32:37

I grew up in a lone parent household and practically every day I'm in awe of what my mum managed to do with four daughters on her own. Lone parenting is VERY different to parenting as a couple. And as others say general questions can be posted on here.

Agree about the 'low traffic' issue on some forums on here though. Eg my sling questions a few months ago didn't get much response in the right section. That's just the way it goes I think.

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