“Going Solo” gives a voice to single parents raising children with disabilities

This book review was written by one of UCP’s summer interns, Alex Vesey. 

Available through the Woodbine House publishing website for $24.95.

Single parents of children with disabilities face unique challenges. They deal with particular social stigmas as well as the day-to-day balancing act of parenting on one’s own. The book Going Solo by Laura E. Marshak, PH.D., aims to address these issues comprehensively and compassionately. She interviews various solo parents, some who chose to adopt or conceive as single parents and some who became single parents as a result of bereavement or divorce. The parents’ interviews are diverse, candid, and full of the rich details of their lives. After each interview, Dr. Marshak breaks down the “Genius Moments” in this story, to highlight exactly what each parent is doing well and provide advice for other parents. The book is also full of links to websites and information about various organizations that provide support for parents of children with disabilities. 

The opening chapter deals with common challenging emotions for parents, including the grief some parents feel after their child’s diagnosis. The focus, however, is on day-to-day coping and celebrating your child. There are individual chapters for different circumstances including divorce, single fatherhood, bereavement, adoption, conceiving alone, dating as a single parent, military parents dealing with a spouse’s deployment, and parenting an adult child with a disability. The parents in this book come from all walks of life. Many draw strength from religious faith, a recurring theme in several interviews. They seek support from families, friends, support groups, and other parents of children with disabilities. What they do have in common is their commitment to their children, their love and their resolve.  Going Solo puts that love front and center and provides practical advice and resources for other parents in the same position.

*This is a book review. UCP received no compensation, nor is endorsing the above.*