Child-rearing is unlike any other experience on earth. It brings unmatched rewards as well as difficult challenges. All single parents need help sometimes, or things can get overwhelming. While it is never simple, single parenting is a lot easier with a good support system and a few good tips. Here are five helpful parenting tips that you can put into practice today.
- Build A Support System
Single parenting is a hard job, but you are not alone. Statistics reveal millions of single parents in America alone. Build your support system with the help of other parents at work, church, and in the schools. Many communities have single parent support groups, as well, so check the local newspapers and ask around.
- Follow A Routine
Stability is important for all kids, especially those with single parents. Daily, weekly, and monthly routines help families better enjoy life together. They also create wonderful memories to draw on for years to come.
Establish a daily dinner time, schedule a monthly matinee, review homework together, take family walks through the neighborhood, or enjoy Sunday picnics after church. Encourage your kids to participate in these memory-making activities.
- Eat Healthy And Creatively
Many single parents turn to fast food, a quick and inexpensive way to do meals. But fast food does not benefit you or your children, and healthy eating will save time and money as well as health.
Small food storage containers can hold cut fruit and vegetables, nuts, and other healthy snacks. Let your crock pot make a healthy meal for you and the kids, while everyone is at school and work.
- Take Care Of Yourself
Kids learn best by example, so take an honest look at their primary role model: you. How is your physical, mental, and emotional health? Neglecting your own needs will model neglect in your kids’ lives, too.
Eat healthy, get adequate rest, and find ways to relieve stress. Turn to your support system to share openly about your struggles. Ask a trusted friend to watch your kids for a while, so you can get away for some personal time.
- Combat Loneliness
Not only is single parenting hard, it is a lonely business sometimes. Finding ways to combat the loneliness is essential. Start a household project or hobby, or contribute time to a volunteer organization. Reconnect with an old friend or classmate by phone or in-person.
Or join the parents of your child’s friends for an informal get-together with the kids. Stay busy with fun, energetic activities that elevate your mood. And let them serve as reminders that you have the best job of all.