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You're only one person—but you're not alone.

As a single parent, you know your life is different from the other working parents around you. With the pressure to perform well at work and no partner to assist with tasks at home (let alone major crises), you likely find yourself pulled in all directions, with many responsibilities and little support.

Doing It All as a Solo Parent offers you the help you need to lighten the load. Drawing on the wisdom of experts and parents alike, it provides practical tips and advice tailored to your unique challenges as a solo parent. Whether you're single, widowed, or have a partner who is unable to help, you'll discover how to do it all—with less stress.

You'll learn to:

  • Create a support system of family and friends
  • Make time spent with your children more meaningful
  • Shape a long-term career despite short-term demands
  • Build a childcare backup bench
  • Carve out time for yourself

The HBR Working Parents Series provides support as you anticipate challenges, learn how to advocate for yourself more effectively, juggle your impossible schedule, and find fulfillment at home and at work. Whether you're up with a newborn or planning the future with your teen, you’ll find the practical tips, strategies, and research you need to make working parenthood work for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Series Page
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction: New Tools—and no Judgments Advice that works for your unique life.
  7. Section 1: Balls in the Air: Juggling Home and Family Life
  8. Section 2: Build Your Village: Create a Support System
  9. Section 3: Maintain Meaningful Work: Managing Your Job and Career
  10. Section 4: You First: Tackle Stress with Self-Care
  11. Epilogue: You Live, You Learn
  12. Notes
  13. About the Contributors
  14. Index
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