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Consider a part-time job as a training program to get you back into the swing of employment.Its a fact and its worth knowing. A large number of long term lone single parents who return to full-time employment end up back on benefits within three months.

You can increase your chance of staying in full-time employment, by simply getting a part-time job for several months before you plan to go back full-time. This will give you the opportunity to fine tune your social skills, and give you a bit of self discipline and confidence. It will also allow you to judge as to how much stress you can efficiently work with. Lone parents as a rule are extremely good at dealing with stress,

but if you have not worked for 10 years then jump straight into a highly stressful job, chances are your not going to last long.

Another big problem that working parents have is that even after a days work they then have to come home and still do another days work. Full-time means a twelve hour day for most parents, and finding the energy to get this done can be extremely difficult. That's why as a lone single parent its worth doing a part-time job first, to not only work on your social skills, but to physically train and prepare you.

A long term unemployed parent after a few weeks of starting a full-time job. May become exhausted and start to wonder if its worth it!, then he or she has to decide whether to keep going or leave. Not because their a bit tied, but because they are completely physically and mentally drained. No one can expect a parent who has not been employed for 10 years, to simply slide into a twelve hour day without it causing physical or mental distress, some parents may well overcome these hurdles, but others will simply fall. Exhausted from their ordeal many find it difficult to get back in the saddle, some will take damage to their confidence and self-esteem, maybe even mistake it as a personal failing and simply loose their will to work.

Single parents with low self-esteem !...

If you are a single parent with lost confidence or rusty social skills, and you want to get back to work or improve the quality of your life. But feel unable to take them first few steps, we are here to help, and if you follow my suggested Self-help diary, we can honestly say that you will see and feel a huge improvement in your self-esteem, confidence and social skills.

Its real simple, all you have to do is read the suggested diary and carry out the suggested tasks, but these must be carried out to the best of your ability. Remember that the only person your cheating is yourself. That's it, that's all you have to do, and when your done we are pretty sure that your going to be feeling a whole lot better about yourself.
Click on Week 1 below to begin.

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Have your say !...

I think that one of the hardest things to overcome is the 9-5 commitment, the having to be there no matter what. Unless the kids have actually left home, they are still going to be having sick days from school. The Easter, summer and half-term holidays make it a battle between work and your parental instinct, to be there for them.

As a long term unemployed parent I found it extremely difficult to make the required adjustments for full-time employment, simply because I was so used to doing my own thing in my own time, and at my own pace.

I have been a single parent for 12 years, and in that time have had no real time work experience. I recently tried to go back to work, but only lasted two weeks. I wanted to get some help but didn't know where to look, or who to ask,
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