Managing a household can be tuff at times but managing a household as a single mom with four kids can be a bit overwhelming.
Managing the household –
Being a single parent can be a challenging but rewarding experience. You have sole responsibility for all aspects of day to day childcare. Not to mention added pressure. Stress and fatigue.woohoo !
To reduce stress in your household-
- Show love– set aside time each day to play, read or simply sit with your child, it makes a huge difference.
- Create a routine– have a schedule regularly scheduled meals, homework and bedtime. Lets your child know what to expect on a day to day basis
- Set limits– explain house rules to your child and explain the consequences such as time out, grounding, etc.
- Take care of yourself– in order for you to take good care of your children, you have to be healthy and eat healthy. Get plenty of sleep. Take a time out to do activities that you love with friends or alone.
- Don’t feel guilty– don’t blame yourself for being a single parent, your not the only one and won’t be the last.
- Stay positive – it’s ok to be honest with your child if you’re having an “off” day but also remind them that things will get better.
- Lending hand– it’s ok to ask for help and lean on others. Work out a car pool schedule with friends and family. Join a single moms group.
- Child care– if you need regular child care look for a licensed qualified caregiver, who can provide care in a safe environment. Be Always careful about asking new friends or a partner to watch your child .
Separation /Divorce –
Many single parent homes are the result of divorce ( this is my case ) or separation. Always talk to your child about the changes that you are facing, listen to your child’s concerns and feelings, and be open with your child answer any questions they may have on an age appropriate level, to make them understand. Even though mommy and daddy aren’t together doesn’t mean we love you any less. Co-parenting plays a major part always communicate with your child’s other parent about your child’s well-being or any changes they might have to help your kids adapt better.
Single Mom & Dating-
Male and Female Role Models-
I’m a full time working mother of four. Two boys and two girls, that ranges in ages from 12, 9, 7, and 5. My house can be a bit hectic. I follow a day to day routine, we always eat shower and do homework at the same time. I have set rules that they need to follow. I also set time aside for my kids each day even if it’s just to talk and ask them how their day went or what went on in school that day. It makes a difference.
Being a single parent can be a hassle and a bit challenging but it’s a rewarding experience show your child love and stay positive it will lessen stress and help you go far. It will be a big difference and help your child thrive.