Single mom tips (1/2)

By Drum Digital
09 April 2015

Being a single parent is not an easy job/task/calling/gift. But it can be worked on with a few simple steps.

Seek out role models 

Single parents and their kids can flourish, and there are plenty of examples to prove it. Make a list of single parents—or children raised by a single parent—who inspire you, and refer to it when you’re having a rough day.

Find a work schedule that suits your family

It will help your child adapt and function better. If you work long hours, make sure the weekends are all dedicated to your child.

Schedule kid-free time

You do not have to go on a date, or even out for girls night. But there is no harm in getting a babysitter so you can enjoy a pedicure or trip to the bookstore when you don’t go near the children’s section.

Don’t obsess about things you can’t control 

No one can force your child’s other parent to visit. You can’t help it if he promises to show up for your child’s big game and doesn’t. These are the other parent’s issues—not yours, so don’t lose sleep over it. Instead, focus on what you can control and that is what kind of parent you are.

Count to 10

It’s easy to lose your cool when you have to be “on” all the time. Single parents have no one to trade off with when they’re about to lose their marbles over yet another bowl of peas thrown on the floor. Don’t yell, because it’s not healthy for the child and you’ll regret it afterward. Instead, walk away and count to 10 or just laugh it off. You’ll feel better in a minute, and ready to face the peas.

Source: www.parenting.com

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