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A few hot tips for parenting alone

15-Jun-2017

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!