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A few hot tips for parenting alone


There is no doubt that parenting alone can be a challenge: So here are a few hot tips to help:

* Be kind to yourself.

* List what needs to be done for the day, do the hard ones first and you will be surprised how well it goes.

* Never focus on the ‘should have “done’s”; they just drain your energy.

* If dinner is too hard introduce the family to ‘world-class eggs on bake beans and toast.’

* Get your kids on board.

* With just you, jobs will mount up. So create the family team. In our family everyone has jobs, even little children can do jobs.

* Celebrate every week with fun times to say, ‘thanks team’.

* Set Boundaries that suit you.

* If children are dividing their living between two households then: Have your own house rules. Statements like, “In this family we” help enforce them.

* Talk it out. Stress builds if you don’t have other people to talk about issues. Off-loading helps relieve the pressure.

* Put yourself in time-out. Find ways to get a break.

* Establish regular bed times, with adult time only at a certain time.

* Share child minding with others so you get time to go out.

Remember lots of kids raised in single parent homes have done well in life!