Being a single parent can be a real pain especially when you still have toddlers and a career that is really demanding. You realize that there is practically no time to maneuver in between work, making dinner, and still sparing some time to play with your child. But if you know how to manage your time well, you can have it easy throughout the whole process. Here are a few vital and easy steps you can take to help you get through the whole process easily.
1. Ask for help
Asking for help may seem a pretty easy task. But you will realize that many mothers find it incredibly difficult. Especially if you are the type who thinks you have something to prove. Then you feel like asking for help looks like you are admitting defeat. But one fact will remain which you will have to face in the long run; you will eventually get burnt out the more you keep doing everything on your own. You will even end up feeling more defeated than ever. Admit that you can’t do everything alone and ask for help. It could be your friend or family member. Someone you trust to help look after your toddler as you head off to work.
2. Find “me” time
It is also advisable that you find some time for yourself. You can look for something you enjoy and can participate in every day or even each week to de-stress your mind and body. Maybe try your hobby. You can even have your child with you during this time even as you try to detox your soul. A night out can also take you a long way. Or a night out with friends or even shopping. You will feel the difference afterward.
3. Set boundaries
Don’t mix your work life with your home life. in other words, you will be honest for both parties. Your children may be excited to see you and want to spend time with you after you get home from work but if you carry along your work stresses with you, then you won’t really be with them. And the same also counts for your workplace. Don’t let what is happening at home interfere with how you work. This way, you will realize that you can easily manage both situations easily.
4. Designate special time for your child
You need to ensure that you put aside some good amount of time to spend with your child. Spend some special time to bond and come closer together. This is a very important step that can’t be overemphasized enough. Leave your comfort zone and enter your child’s world. Make him/her feel you there, know that you are around and with them. Another great way you can ensure this is by letting your child help you with work around the house like chores then maybe go out afterward and have outdoor fun. This step is important. Perhaps the most vital through this whole article.
5. Just breathe
By now you know that parenthood is a commitment. Sometimes, you may not be ready for the challenges that it comes with, but the trick to being a good parent is to step up and do what you need to do to ensure that your child has an amazing childhood. Your child comes first before everything else. Remember, you are at work burning all your energy so your child can have a roof over his/her head.