There are a lot of challenges that apparently a couple of encounters once they have kids. After all, what a great parent wants to do is to be able to raise their children to be good citizens.
However, trying to make ends meet for your family is a big challenge. Moreso if you have to raise your kids singlehandedly.
If you are a single parent finding a way to balance your work and raising your kids, then this post is for you. Below are several ways that will make it easier for you to balance taking care of the kids and doing your work:
Create a support network
They say it takes a village to raise a child, so why should you expect to take on a load of taking care of your kids all by yourself.
It’s understandable that you do not want to bother anyone else. However, you should not isolate yourself from the support network that might be available to you. Your family and friends are usually a great support network for you.
However, if you find yourself in a situation that is unable to connect with them, then you might be able to find a company and help from fellow single parents out there. Since they understand your plight better than anyone else, then you should find welcoming people.
Reach out to other single mom
Speaking of having a support network, if you are a single mom then you should definitely connect with single moms who have much experience juggling their career and taking care of their kids alone.
They are a treasure trove of knowledge and they can help you with small household issues. They can even offer advice when you’re feeling a little overwhelmed.
If you find someone who is currently in the same boat as you, then you can even have each other’s backs. If they are busy, you can help them out and vice versa.
Having a community or a group of people around that you know can understand your stress and challenges will be a big load off your shoulders in and of itself.
Give some time for yourself
A lot of the time, single parents tend to be overworked and burn-out easily because they forget that they need to take care of themselves and not only their kids.
Thus, you should make sure that you carve some time out for yourself. Pamper yourself and leave the kids to a reliable person while you’re away.
You can do all sorts of things. You can go as simple as watching a movie by yourself. Perhaps going on single parent ski holidays can cool you down and help you relax and reconnect with yourself as a person outside of being an employee and a parent.
Leave work at the office
Even if you do not have any kids with you, it is still advisable that you leave work where it belongs: in the office.
Once you are at home, stop worrying about work and devote yourself to what is going on at home. Genuinely ask how your kids are doing. Out of the week that you are working, your kids deserve that free time to connect with their parents.
Although it can be tiring to try and match your energy with your kids after a tiring day at work, you need to be able to get over that problem. Instead of your kids taking energy from you, why do not you view it as you taking energy from your kids’ excitement to see you back from work?
Scale back a little bit
To be able to find the right balance in your life you should know when to stop. Knowing your limit can help you overcome it in a variety of ways instead of letting it bog down and hold the rest of your progress in other areas of your life.
If there are any additional tasks that people want you to do, unless it is absolutely necessary, then do not try and take it on. Aside from that, you should not take all the household chores. You can share the task with your kids who are old enough to do some chores.
Be organized with finances
Since you are a single parent you will not have much of an income flow as other families would. You should be aware of this and know your limits since you are not paying for things that are only for yourself. You are also preparing your finances for the future of your child.
If you have any existing debts then you should make sure that you have a financial plan that is working towards carving it out bit by bit. You should also find a way to have some sort of savings and investments so that you are not working day in and day out for money to leave your hands fast.
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