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By calligraphy 25 June 2010 32

Do you know of any support or social groups for single mums by choice?

There seems to be a lot of support for parents who are divorced, separated etc, but I was wondering if there was anything in Canberra for women who have chosen to have a child on their own.

cheers.

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busgirl 10:03 am 01 Aug 11

Hey calligraphy, I am wondering how you got on with your search for a mother’s group for solo mums by choice…am looking for one myself.

mynameisaudrey 4:55 pm 24 May 11

You can visit various forums, such as what essentialbaby (like what OzChick suggested) —I have been a member there for quite some time and now, I’m currently active in http://raisingchildren.net.au/

You could also keep on researching around 🙂

Anna Key 10:55 am 30 Jun 10

indigoid said :

urchin said :

the centrelink comment was also in poor taste. a joke perhaps, but a rather cruel one.

Was it a joke? Only AK knows the original intent, but Centrelink staff could probably actually help with these things, even if it isn’t officially their job. I have significant respect for the people that work there. I wouldn’t want their job, not even for triple the pay

I was said half joking, half helpful. As Calligraphy didn’t say what kind of support she was after, I thought it worth a mention ie financial/emotional or just to sit around and have a natter. And there are some good staff who may be able to help.

calligraphy 9:29 am 30 Jun 10

I’ve been reading the above posts with a mixture of disbelief, laughter and appreciation.

Thanks to everyone who has made constructive suggestions – although it doesn’t look like there are any existing single mothers groups in Canberra, organisations such as the Playgroup Association look to be potentially .

FYI – it was a donor-assisted conception, and although I sympathise with mothers who have been through a divorce/separation or perhaps abandoned by their partners, I was hoping to meet other mums (or dads who have chosen to raise children on their own as well – probably very rare) who are in a similar situation to my own.

Kuku 9:00 pm 28 Jun 10

Rangi said :

Just wanted to make sure we are talking about the same thing, women who have chosen to have a child on their own, or women who have chosen to prevent the child’s father being involved, in the child’s lives?

Tena koe Rangi,

Now just tell those other pesky women who want to voice themselves to sit down, shut up and make sure they wear skirts when they are in public.

Feathergirl 11:36 am 28 Jun 10

Hi Calligraphy, sorry about all the trolls.

I can’t help much, but I had a bub last year and I take my hat off to you doing it yourself. I fully understand why you want to meet up with a group who you can relate to.

I second whoever suggested getting in touch with the Playgroup Association http://www.playgroupaustralia.com.au/act/ or making your own group. Good luck.

Woody Mann-Caruso 9:47 am 28 Jun 10

Heurisitic?

Yes, except I know how to spell it.

Are you here to defend people who like to attack single mothers, to argue that people who espouse intolerant and repugnant views deserve to have their opinions respected, or just for some anti-intellectual rant?

BimboGeek 5:31 pm 27 Jun 10

Maybe it makes sense to go to a mums and bubs music or language class or the local ordinary play group, then the topic of conversation is more likely to be just talk about raising babies rather than focusing on the divorced/separated scene. Go more general rather than more specific.

Everyone has common experiences with children, maybe it will suit you to learn from a diverse group with many different family structures.

Or was this thread actually for ranting about how everyone should make their decisions based on what did or didn’t word for me?

emd 3:23 pm 27 Jun 10

Just had a thought. If you call the Australian Playgroups Association, they could tell you if there’s an offical playgroup with this focus in Canberra. Given there’s playgroups for young mums, or with a focus on specific languages or on music, there just may be one for single mothers.

indigoid 11:08 am 27 Jun 10

urchin said :

the centrelink comment was also in poor taste. a joke perhaps, but a rather cruel one.

Was it a joke? Only AK knows the original intent, but Centrelink staff could probably actually help with these things, even if it isn’t officially their job. I have significant respect for the people that work there. I wouldn’t want their job, not even for triple the pay

Eby 10:58 am 27 Jun 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

or women who have chosen to prevent the child’s father being involved, in the child’s lives?

You mean women who are divorced / separated? You know, like the OP explicitly ruled out in her post?

Once you have the child, can’t you just join up with separated parents groups and the like?

Maybe the OP doesn’t want to join a group of people brought together by their separated / divorced status. Maybe she wants to meet with other women who’ve chosen to have a child on their own so they can talk about stuff like, oh, I don’t know, ignorant f*ckward knee-jerks like those on this thread, rather than getting cornered by functional alcoholics who want to earbash you about how their ex won’t let them see their kids and it’s all a government conspiracy and you sure do have a purdy mouth.

Is today the ‘assume every comment is a judgement’ day or something?

I’m sorry. How could I have not seen that it’s clearly ‘let’s quickly bend over backward to disingenuously hide our sexist redneck agenda’ day?

It’s always great to realise there are so many narrow-minded, insecure bigots out there. I guess when you’re as dumb as you all seem to be you need simple mental heuristics like stereotypes to get around. Something more complex might take up the valuable neurons needed to help you breath in and keep your mouths open at the same time.

Well said

Eby 10:56 am 27 Jun 10

georgesgenitals said :

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have an article like this without the aggro?

Yes.

Calligraphy, I wonder if there might be enough demand from single mothers like yourself to actually start a new Mothers Group? Then you could ‘set the agenda’ essentially, decide where and when to meet, and make the group be what you would like it to be.

Good luck

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