Parenthood is challenging – being a single parent takes the word ‘challenging’ to a whole new different level. In fact, being a single parent might feel like the hardest thing you have ever done. However, we all know that having a child (or children) beats nothing – each trial and hardship is all worth it.
Here are some practical tips for single parents that will help you persevere through the challenges you will face and gain a renewed sense of personal strength and hope for the days and years to come.
Have time for yourself.
Having a ‘me-time’ is essential when you are a single parent. It brings you a sense of healing, fresh perspective, and hope. You will find that having the freedom to not be accountable for responding to questions or completing tasks is refreshing. You need time to just sit, think, and ponder. You need to make time for it.
Develop a support network.
What’s worse than being a single parent? Not having anyone – at all. It is important that you know who you can depend on during this time. Your network can comprise of your immediate family and friends. Your colleagues at work or other people in your life will also do. You can even make a list of who these people are to be reminded that you are not alone. There are also formal support groups for single parents – you can even find one in your area!
Think outside the box.
If having a ‘me-time’ is not doable, you can go for alternate but equally creative solutions such as swapping babysitting time with a neighbour or waking up an hour earlier before the rest of your household.
Embrace your situation.
As a single parent, making quick decisions might seem tempting especially in terms of matters such as where to live or how to handle your finances. However, not knowing your whole situation can be extremely dangerous, let alone making rash, uninformed decisions. It is best to know where you stand financially. Get the facts about your situation to avoid making bad decisions along the way.
Mind your physical health.
Single parents might feel worn down and drained from time-to-time. This, however, can be fought by making the conscious effort to eat healthy foods. You can also choose energizing ways to fuel your body. Avoid relying on extra caffeine or sitting in front of the TV. You can try taking a walk during lunchtime, or you can also read a book then go to bed early.
Remember, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. If you want to talk to someone who can give expert advice, setup an appointment with Dr. Fay Weisberg.