Pregnant and single? You're not alone...

Are you pregnant and single? Sadly you are not alone. As much as 40 percent (probably even more) of South African women are raising their children alone. It's a travesty and I often wonder if this is the root cause of the ongoing violence against the disharmony among women and children. That being said, a high statistic like that shows that you can do this and you can do it successfully. But a father figure and healthy role model in your baby's life is important. So approach trusted family members (and I do mean trusted, as the news is pretty scary lately when it comes to crime against children) and ask them to take an active interest in your children's lives. To consistently model the kind of behaviour both boys and girls need to see: emotional presence, consistency, commitment, decision-making, boundaries and of course fun! It's a big and important task. But your most urgent worry may be money right now, and how you are going to cope. We answer some of the questions around your rights in this issue – and don't hesitate to email us at if you need legal advice. You can also contact the Family Life Centre on 011 788 4784 for countrywide single parent support groups and legal advice. 

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