Being a single parent is hard.

And though, after a certain time and experience, it gets less overwhelming, there are instances where being a single parent can feel impossible. If they have the support and the help of their family and friends, at least in the occasion of an emergency, then they are lucky. But not everyone has this help and support.

If you are a neighbor to such a single parent, and see them struggling to get their chores and duties done due to an injury or a problem, and want to help them out; you can. Here are a few suggestions on how you can help. Remember to be tactful about offering help—as you will not want to offend them with your generosity. Visit

Offer to cook and clean – pregnancies can be hard, especially if you have to live alone, and especially if this is your first pregnancy. If your single parent is expecting a baby, chances are that she’s having a tough time cooking and keeping her home clean. Offer to that for her. If she’s not comfortable letting you have free reign in her house, cook the food at your place instead. Freezer foods are ideal here.

Offer to temporarily foster her kids – injuries, especially those that have you bedridden, make it hard to handle kids. If your neighbor is facing such a situation, offer to temporarily keep her kids at your place. Fostering children for a long period of time involves a lot of work, so make sure you’re ready for this commitment before you offer to do so.

Offer to babysit them during the day – in case the thought of being foster parents NSW isn’t appealing to you, you can offer to babysit the kids during the day instead. This is especially helpful if they have to deal with chores during the day, or even visit their doctor in that time. The children too will appreciate this more, as it feels more temporary.

Help out with the errands they cannot do – In case they are home bound for some reason, even simple things like going out to buy groceries can be very hard. Offer to do this for them. They simply would need to make a list for you, and you can do their grocery shopping while you do your own. Even picking up clothes from the dry cleaners can help…!

Offer to help the older kids with their homework – older kids don’t like to be “babysat”. But they are more inclined to accept help, if it’s with their homework. If you feel you’re good at tutoring a child, and that you can help with their homework, this too can be a huge favor you do for your neighbor.