I am currently making the transition to single parenthood and am having serious anxiety about what to do regarding this issue. I just finished university for nursing and am entering the workforce where shift work is the norm. When my ex-partner moves out in the next few weeks, I am terrified about how to balance the demands of evening/night shifts and weekends with the needs of my 5 year old son. For the near future I am continuing to live with my mom, so I do have some family support, but what do I do when I'm ready to be out on my own, or if my career takes me to a different area from where my family lives? I have dreams of moving to the remote northern areas of Canada to practice one day but without a partner, I'm not sure whether that will work or not without family support. And as of right now, my ex is inbetween careers and if his new job possibility works out, he'll be living hours away and won't be much support. I am not close to his family at all (emotionally) and they live 8 hours away so they aren't a source of assistance, although I know they would love to be a bigger part of my son's life.
Maybe I'm worrying too much about the far future right now and should focus on the near future, but I need to have a plan for the next 2 years while I get on my feet financially and career wise. Am I crazy to need to figure stuff like this out now or is it normal to have a bit of a panic attack when becoming single is more real/definite?