Living A Balanced Life As A Single Mother

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Most of us have a hard time trying to juggle all aspects of our lives, and trying to balance one's life as a single mother is really difficult! Single parenting is difficult, and places a lot of stress on the parent, but it is all worth it in the end.
The only thing you need to be careful of as a single mother is not looking after yourself.
You are not a machine, you are a human being and as such you need to take some time out for yourself now and then.
Tips on how to create balance in your life: Establish a routine
  • A schedule is a must for a single mother family as it ensures that all the necessary tasks get done.
  • Schedule a time to do the weekly tasks such as the laundry, preparing meals for the week and grocery shopping and stick to it.
  • Enlist the help of your children if they are old enough, as this will make them feel included and will also teach them to be organized.
  • Make eating dinner together as a family at a certain time every night part of your routine and use the time to spend some quality time with your children.
Make a chores list
  • Get your children involved in doing chores from a young age - it will teach them independence, responsibility and discipline.
  • Instead of just giving them pocket-money, attach a monetary value to each chore they do.
    This will teach them accountability and the value of money.
  • Involve them in setting up the list, and change the chores monthly so that they all get a chance at doing various tasks.
  • This will take some of the stress off of you and make for a happier mom, which they will learn to appreciate.
Stop trying to be Super Mom
  • As much as you would like to, you cannot do everything yourself, even if you are a great single mother.
  • If you do not get to something like washing the dishes after dinner one night do not stress about it, do it the next day.
  • Take care of your health; you cannot look after your children if you are not in the best of health yourself.
Enlist Help
  • Even if you are a struggling single mother, there is plenty of help which you can get if you just ask, and it need not cost you money.
  • Make friends with other single mothers in the area and arrange for play-dates at each others houses, which will give you each some free time.
  • Take turns in baby-sitting for each other so that you can go out and have some fun once in a while, maybe even go on a date.
Schedule me-time
  • Make sure that you set aside some time for yourself to just be still, relax and rejuvenate.
  • This can be something as simple as having a nice long soak in a bath after the children are in bed or getting up an hour earlier in the morning before they are awake.
One of the most common mistakes that a single mother can make is to think that they have no right to take time for themselves; that they have to offer up everything for their children or others will think that they are a bad parent.
This is really not so! In actual fact it is exactly the opposite - if you do not take care of yourself you won't be able to be the best parent you can be!
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