While it's tempting to try to handle everything alone, ask friends and family members for help.You could join a single-parent support group, or, if finances allow, hire a trusted sitter to help out with the kids or someone to assist with housework.

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If you are a single mom or dad, there are 10 things you can do to help minimize the stress in your life -- and bring back the joy of parenting.

Get a handle on finances: Raising a family on one income, or relying on an ex-spouse for child support, can be one of the hardest aspects of parenting alone.

Jacqueline, William’s mother, realized that he was a quirky baby within weeks of his birth.

When she held him in her arms, he seemed more fascinated by objects in his field of vision than by faces.

The whir and motion of a fan, the tick-tock of a clock, or the drip-drip of a coffeemaker grabbed William’s attention even more than smiling faces, melodic voices, or welcoming eyes. William often contorted his body and arched his back upwards.

He appeared utterly beguiled by the sensory world around him.

I felt like a flake -- not a strong, capable mother who was going teach her children to succeed despite the obstacles ahead.

When I was married, we were just like all the other families: our own tiny self-sufficient universe.

Even if my husband and I didn't get along, we were both still deeply invested in the minutiae of running our family.