Parenting Alone While Your Spouse Is In Jailby Attorney Carlos Gamino on 04/22/14
Being a parent is hard – and it’s even harder when your “other half” is in jail. You’re essentially a single parent, and that’s not easy for anyone. Attorney Carlos A. Gamiño has a few pointers for parents who have to face tough situations alone because their spouses are incarcerated.
When your spouse or significant other is in jail, you have a lot to deal with. You’re likely facing a decreased household income, handling all of the chores, repairs and work yourself, and flying solo when it comes to parenting your kids.
Nobody likes to be forced to shoulder such a huge burden, but once you’re in that situation, you’ll have to make the best of it.
But what makes it easier?
If you have a good support network, you’re more likely to feel better about yourself and about what you’re doing. Friends and family can do a lot to lift your spirits, but they’re not always supportive. The good news? There are several support groups online and in Milwaukee that are designed to help you through all of the difficult situations you’re facing.
You might also benefit from talking to a qualified therapist or counselor who understands what you’re going through. Milwaukee and Waukesha are filled with talented professionals, many who operate on a sliding fee scale, who can help you cope. If you’re not sure who to talk to, ask your spouse’s lawyer to recommend someone.
· While rigid schedules aren’t for everyone, setting one up for your family might be beneficial.
· Hold kids accountable for the things they’re capable of doing themselves, like preparing lunches and cleaning their rooms.
· Take advantage of one-on-one time with your kids. Make time to talk, play and enjoy each other; that’s just as vital to their development as learning responsibility and going to school.
From my family to yours,