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The single parent may feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of juggling caring for the children, maintaining a job and keeping up with the bills and household chores.

And typically, the family's finances and resources are drastically reduced following the parents' breakup.

So how does a couple manage to maintain a healthy and happy relationship for decades? We were each other’s greatest supports.” Ann, widow, married to Paul for 49 years. We have been happily married for 41 years and I still make him his favourite spaghetti bolognese and he is so happy when I put it down on the dinner table.

Not many people nowadays would agree with that, but you must focus on having a strong marriage, for the sake of the children.

But I’m glad I hung in there because the hard times are what makes it interesting! “You can fall out of love with someone but it’s harder if you’re constantly showing them you love them. “We take a weekend away every year for our wedding anniversary.

When we were first married, we didn’t have much money so we would camp in the bush.

Life in a single parent household — though common — can be quite stressful for the adult and the children.

“Understand he’s not perfect, but you’re not perfect either. Enjoy each other’s quirks.” Mary, married to Colin for 35 years. I saw so many of my friends’ relationships turn sour because of money.

The same is true for other kin caregivers, such as aunts or uncles.

For these families, a little help can go a long way towards helping them raise their children in their care.

Support from friends, other family members and the church or synagogue can help too.

But if family members are still overwhelmed and having problems, it may be time to consult an expert.

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