12. Be adaptable (and avoid becoming a control freak).
Even while it’s crucial to remain organized and prepared, things don’t always go as planned.
Allow for flexibility by establishing a backup plan for childcare and with your employer in case your children become sick and need to stay home or babysitters need to cancel last-minute.
Make a list of people you may contact, for instance, or discuss with your boss the possibility of working from home in case of crises.
Above all, avoid letting unforeseen developments overwhelm you and ruin your day.
13. Keep to your means.
Budgeting and living within your means become even more crucial when you have to support your family on one salary.
Make it a goal to pay off any unpaid debt that is racking up interest as soon as you can. The easiest method to see how much money is being spent each month on different things and what is left over is to lay up a budget.
Find strategies to save money on the essentials by shopping during deals, buying certain items used, and making a meal plan.
Decide how much can be spent on luxuries like dining out, vacations, and movie tickets once the required expenditures have been paid.
Do not let your family’s finances be a source of stress. Maintain a healthy bank account while instructing your children on how to handle money appropriately.
14. Spend quality time with your kids.
As a single mother, your time with your children is much more precious and constrained. Make the time you have with your children matter.
Instead of letting kids watch TV, take children on enjoyable and inexpensive outings to the park, playground, or museum. Use mealtimes as the ideal opportunity to inquire about their academic progress and social relationships with their peers.
Instead of viewing it as a chore or a waste of time, when your children want you to play with them, consider it a privilege and a chance to strengthen your relationship with them. When you are with them, be fully present without thinking about your work or multitasking. There will be no doubt that this will improve your relationship with your children.
15. Be gentle with yourself and life.
If you’re constantly looking for all the ways you think you’re failing, you’ll never succeed as a single parent. Instead, practice self-compassion. Recognize that you’re making the best effort you can given the circumstances.
Knowing that anything you do is sufficient is the secret to thriving. It makes no difference if it is less than what you would like to do or what someone else would do. You did your best, thus it is sufficient.
Your kids can only ask you for that.
It’s not simple taking care of a child by yourself. The best way to make this process a little bit easier is to make use of all the tools at your disposal.
Among the things you should use to your advantage are technology, a system of organization, and a supporting community. It’s crucial to change your perspective and become more realistic when it comes to issues like priorities and finances.
Above all, remember to take care of yourself. You can best care for the people you love when you take care of yourself.
You deserve to be happy and fulfilled because you are one of the most hardworking persons there is.