From Dr. Jane's Notebook


Flying Solo


When one spouse travels, leaving the other as full-time parent, the result is Solo Parenting... and the task is often great. In this usage, the word "great" should not be confused with "wonderful", but rather, refers to "attempting large challenges". In our society where business travel has become routine in many families, "solo parenting" is a reality. As such, it helpful to consider some its dimensions.

Solo parenting is on the rise, as more occupations require travel. In order to cope, families may need different routines according to the number of parents that are in the home. When one spouse is absent, the other may involve him/herself more fully with the children. When the absent spouse returns, it may be difficult to re-establish the parental partnership. Once again, parents must decide together how to handle this challenge.

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Last Updated September 7, 1998 by Gary M. Grandon, Ph.D.