Tips to raise a child for single parents

As a parent, there can be problems. But as a single parent, you can expect total chaos at times.

So, if you feel that dealing with the pressure is not easy, you should look for support and nurture your

child.

Before we move on to the tips related to the topic, let’s discuss what are the most common challenges

faced by single parents.

Problem 1: Money. Well, you have to be financially independent. So, you need to juggle work, play and

care at the same time.

Problem 2: Health. Everything and everyone is dependent on you. So, you have to take care of your

health so that your family’s routine is not disturbed.

Problem 3: Stay active socially. Well, you have to live in the society. So, it is important to bond with

neighbors occasionally. As it is, you have no time for yourself, and this is an added pressure on you.

Problem 4: Emptiness. At times, you might worry about the lack of a female or male partner in your life

can affect your child too.

So, keeping these problems in mind, we have compiled some tips. Read on.

Tip 1: Juggling responsibilities can be difficult. If possible, look for a home job that can help you stay at

the same place and carry out different responsibilities. It will save your time and money commuting

from home to office and back home. Apart from this, you should know that you are always around your

child. So, if there is an issue, you are there to take care of it.

Tip 2: Money is extremely important. So, make sure that you look for savings. To save money, you

should have a budget; not just have one, but stick to it too. Also, shop smart for your necessities. For

example, if you have to shop for dresses for your kids, household items, games, etc. look for a store that

offers every item on the list. A popular online store like Sears.com offers a number of items in every

category. So, shop at Sears.com and save money while shopping. For better offers, look for coupons too!

Coupons are life-savers. Choose unexpired coupons and save while you shop. You can get coupons for

Sears.com at various coupon sites for example ChameleonJohn – Sears Coupons.

Tip 3: You need to stay healthy. So, eat healthy, do basic exercises and opt for regular health checkups.

Tip 4: To be socially active in your area, make sure that you attend little events held in the area and take

your kids along.

Tip 5: To fill the emptiness, you cannot do much. However, you can spend quality time with them and let

them know your importance. Let them know that you are mentally, physically and financially strong to

help them fulfill their dreams. If they get this assurance, the emptiness can be replaced, top some

extent.

Concluding, as a single parent, you will face a number of issues. However, stay strong and stay happy

with your kids.

on newtown

newtownasiknowitI know it has been so long since I have been here posting. I wanted to share with you today, this beautiful post from Jamie at Simple Homeschool. She lives in newtown. After the unfathomable loss, the kick you in the gut heartbreak, and the tears that have been shed since friday, it was so beautifully refreshing to read this post today. My heart and prayers are with the families dealing with the unimaginable losses that they’ve all suffered.

Times like this make me grasp even more for the small moments and the beautiful things that make up this life. I know I will be back soon to continue sharing the things that I have been guilty of thinking weren’t important enough to be here in this space to share anymore. See you soon. xo

I’d love it if today you visited Jamie Martin, editor Simple Homeschool.

The Ugly of Motherhood

It was a night like most others. We sat at the dinner table, chatting about our days and about how many bites the kids had to eat before they could be excused to consume some other food product not called dinner – even if it was just a peach or a banana, as long as it wasn’t “dinner” they couldn’t wait to eat it. As usual, toward the end, I hopped up to start a bath for the kids. Earlier today, I was on a field trip with my oldest and noticed her ponytail was bumpy so I tried to fix it only to find out her hair was a little bit crunchy/crusty, then I thought “Hmmm when was the last time this kid washed her hair? Jumping in the pool, followed by an outdoor shower or swimming in the ocean doesn’t count.” I remember the days of thinking it did count, but I am a mother now. It doesn’t count. Shampoo and conditioner must be involved.

So… I started a bath.

The kids jumped in. They are just on the edge of not being able to bathe together because they spend more time yelling to me about who is doing what wrong when and why they hate each other and less time washing themselves. But sometimes a mom needs a few minutes of silence and so we are sticking with this for now. Until it backfires.

Hubby and I sat down on the couch, one room away, to watch an episode of Weeds while the kids bathed. It all seemed nice and family friendly-ish enough. As family friendly as watching Weeds gets. Then I heard one kid say “Why did you throw that in the toilet?!?!” really loud so that I would hear and he would get in trouble. While the offender stood in the doorway, naked, barely able to defend himself from his sin.

One kid had gotten out of the tub to poop. I know she will hate me one day for telling you this, but it is what it is – a bath makes the girl poop. And the boy had gotten out of the bath to get a “toy” to play with, but it turns out his “toy” was a large clump of dried playdoh. No idea where it came from or why he thought it would be a fun thing to take the time to get out of the bath, drip on the floor for and then retrieve only to return to the bath to play with. But he did. And then he threw it at his sister’s head. He missed. She ducked. It sailed over her head and landed – in the toilet – with the poop that my lovely daughter didn’t flush.

And here is where it gets ugly.

I walk into the bathroom after the sounds of what I can only imagine is melodrama – it couldn’t be that bad, right??! But indeed – there is a large- in fact, the exact size of the toilet hole size of playdoh in the toilet. And there is poop in there too. And some pee.

I stand there, ready to scream, swear, flip out and my husband would say I did all of the above but I claim he is wrong.

I reach my bare arm into the poop and pee filled toilet to try to get to the said playdoh that I have been informed is in there, right under the toilet paper. Instead of getting it, I push it down inadvertently and it is lodged. Stuck. Not moving.

I pull my arm out, covered in pee and remnants of soaking wet toilet paper, reeking of poop and realize I have to keep trying to figure this problem out myself. My husband is still laying on the couch watching Weeds afterall and one of us has to be able to tell the other one what happened while we were in the other room retrieving playdoh from the toilet. It’s not like it has “pause” or “stop”. Or does it? He just didn’t want to get involved.

So, I did the next rational thing any mother would do and I furiously marched to the kitchen, grabbed the grilling tongs and returned to the bathroom to try to retrieve the ball of rock-hard playdoh that had lodged itself in the toilet. I yanked, I pulled, I got poop on my hands, and didn’t succeed. At all. My husband laughed.

Laughed.

The problem is still not solved. It’s still there. He is convinced that with time and lots of soaking, the rock hard mass of playdoh will turn to mush and we’ll be able to use our toilet again. I am not so sure.

The bright side is that it was 7 o’clock and I told my kids “Get out of the bathtub, put your pajamas on and go to bed!” in my mean mommy voice (my husband called it the fear of death voice, but I disagree) and they have been asleep since 7:15.

The toilet is yet to be unclogged though.

And my hands and arms still smell like poop.

Who wants to come over for a cookout this weekend??!?!

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