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Single Mum Groups?

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.

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32 Responses to
Single Mum Groups?
sepi 11:50 am 26 Jun 10

Woody – you’ve done a pretty good job of stereotyping single mothers yourself…

Aside from slagging off the ex, I’d have thought a lot of the issues are the same.

urchin 10:35 am 26 Jun 10

georgesgenitals said :

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

hey you’re not the boss of us!

i sympathise with PT. The OP made it clear that she was a single mum by choice. to me that sounds like it was planned from the very beginning in the manner suggested by PT. nothing wrong with being a single mum–better to be raised by a devoted, caring single mum than by two dysfunctional parents. to each his/her own. the centrelink comment was also in poor taste. a joke perhaps, but a rather cruel one.

Woody Mann-Caruso 8:17 am 26 Jun 10

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.

s-s-a 10:39 pm 25 Jun 10

simply wants a child but wants no men involved, its better suggesting groups such as Nursing Mothers Association, rather than a group that accepts parents of both genders

These days NMA is called the Australian Breastfeeding Association, and fathers are welcome at ABA meetings and/or to become members.

georgesgenitals 6:35 pm 25 Jun 10

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

troll-sniffer 5:53 pm 25 Jun 10

Yeah I run a single mum’s support group most evenings after the little one’s have gone to bed. Sessions run for varying lengths but rarely until morning.

Ivan76 5:52 pm 25 Jun 10

Anna Key said :

Centrelink

I laughed when I read that but hey, I do have a sense of humor and I did take the comment in the context it was given… It was a joke Joyce.

Anyway, jokes and over-reactions aside all I could find was a group called SMC Australia but I’m not sure if they have services in Canberra or not. Heres the link:

http://www.smcaustralia.org/

dvaey 5:35 pm 25 Jun 10

ProudTenant said :

There are many women out there who find men who are willing to donate sperm without any obligation to support or see the child. There are also plenty of men out there who walk away from their pregnant wife or girlfriend and want nothing to do with the child.

There are also plenty of men out there, whos partners (or ex partners) wish them to have nothing to do with their childs life, out of spite, jealousy, or any other reasons. I think its also important to find out the reason why shes in this situation. If she was the victim of abuse for example, then it might change any recommendations of groups. If the mother is homosexual, and simply wants a child but wants no men involved, its better suggesting groups such as Nursing Mothers Association, rather than a group that accepts parents of both genders. It also partly depends on what she seeks out of it. Does she seek support and making friends to improve the lives of her and her baby, or does she simply want to go along to learn tips and tricks to raise the baby herself with zero support as a ‘single mum’?

ProudTenant said :

You have NO idea what Calligraphy’s story is and you are not in a position to judge.

Maybe we read different comments. You read a judgement about someones situation, I read a question (complete with question mark) asking what the story and situation was. *YOU* are not in a position to judge, you havent even bothered to ask, youve just instantly attacked someone who *HAS* asked what the situation is.

ProudTenant said :

Anna Key said :

Centrelink

and society continues to judge single mums … very sad indeed …

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

ProudTenant said :

Tell me Ms Key? If you are ever fortunate enough to have kids, please let me know which Centrelink office you will go to, in order to claim your FTB and baby bonus, and perhaps even the Parenting Payment Single. Just curious

What does it have to do which office she would use? Suggesting contacting centrelink for help for a single mum, is pretty much the most useful suggestion here. Maybe if you bothered to look, you might find Centrelink do more than just hand out money to homeless people, they can put you in contact with lots of other agencies, both government and non-profit, such as sole-parent groups, etc.

ProudTenant 4:24 pm 25 Jun 10

Anna Key said :

Centrelink

and society continues to judge single mums … very sad indeed …

Tell me Ms Key? If you are ever fortunate enough to have kids, please let me know which Centrelink office you will go to, in order to claim your FTB and baby bonus, and perhaps even the Parenting Payment Single. Just curious. You never know what’s in the next chapter in your book of life, so please don’t judge others.

OzChick 4:19 pm 25 Jun 10

Perhaps you can try finding these groups from specific parenting forums like http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/forums/

ProudTenant 4:16 pm 25 Jun 10

rangi – you are kidding right? There are many women out there who find men who are willing to donate sperm without any obligation to support or see the child. There are also plenty of men out there who walk away from their pregnant wife or girlfriend and want nothing to do with the child.

You have NO idea what Calligraphy’s story is and you are not in a position to judge.

Grow up.

Calligraphy – I found it very difficult to find support groups and social groups for mums who don’t rave on about their three kids, husband, bad divorce, ex partner, or unnecessary four wheel drive. Can see your problem.

Anna Key 4:10 pm 25 Jun 10

Centrelink

sepi 4:06 pm 25 Jun 10

Once you have the child, can’t you just join up with separated parents groups and the like?
Is there a lot of difference in being a single mum depending on how the baby came about?

steveu 4:03 pm 25 Jun 10

parents without partners/lone fathers provides support for parents, both mothers and fathers.

Rangi 3:56 pm 25 Jun 10

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?

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