Written by: Peter W.

Being a single parent comes with its own unique set of challenges. In addition to having to juggle work and child-rearing, single parents also have to contend with the sometimes unfair stigma that is attached to their family status. Unfortunately, this stigma can also extend to their children, who may be the targets of discrimination by their peers or teachers. Here are some tips on how to protect your child from single parent discrimination.


  1. Talk to your child about discrimination.

The first step in protecting your child from discrimination is to talk to them about it. Explain what discrimination is and why it is wrong. Help them to understand that just because they come from a different family structure does not mean that they are any less worthy of love and respect. Empower them with the knowledge that they can stand up for themselves if they ever experience discrimination.


  1. Encourage them to be open about their family situation. 

If your child is comfortable doing so, encourage them to be open about their family situation with their peers and teachers. letting people know that they come from a single-parent home can help to remove the element of surprise or secrecy if they ever do experience discrimination. Additionally, it can help others to be more understanding and accepting of their situation.


  1. Teach them how to respond to discrimination. 

If your child does experience discrimination, it is important that they know how to respond in a way that is assertive but respectful. Help them to practice what they might say in different scenarios so that they feel prepared should the need arise.


If you are a single parent, it is important to be aware of the potential for discrimination and take steps to protect your child from it. Talk to your child about discrimination, encourage them to be open about their family situation, and teach them how to respond should they ever experience it themselves. By taking these measures, you can help ensure that your child grows up feeling confident and secure in who they are regardless of what others might say or think.