Raising a child is like travelling on hilly highways- sometimes it’s rough. You feel you have been pushed to the edge and suddenly you have a spellbinding experience that washes away the pain of all the hardships. Parenting is a team job where the responsibilities of the child lies on both the partners, but if someone is a single parent, the difficulties rise to a whole new level.
Here is some few effective advice on how to handle single parenting like a pro:
- Take care of yourself first – A great thinker once said, the one who doesn’t have self-love, cannot truly love anybody else. You have to realize that you need extra sleep, need to take food properly and also an occasional visit to a spa for ultimate relaxation doesn’t hurt at all. If you can keep yourself happy, you will automatically to the best things for your baby too.
- A group is better than one – A single parent might feel lonely at times, but when they are in a group they might feel stronger. It is advisable to join groups both online and offline of single parents where millions are continuously sharing their problems and giving solutions to other parenting problems at the same time.
- Get over ‘couple envy’ – ‘If we were a couple, life would have been so much easier’. Never let this feeling take you for a ride. Whether it was your choice or just a matter of luck, but the current reality is your baby and you are in this together and you can become the best source of positivity for each other.
- Build a childcare community – Put your thinking cap on and ensure utmost care and safety for your child if you are working parent. Build a community of parents and take turns in taking care of the child. The socializing can begin at the children’s park next to your house or at the birthday party of your child’s friend.
- Plan way ahead – When you already have more responsibilities on your plate than you can chew, the best thing you can do is plan ahead. More than making a plan, it is very crucial to stick to the plan. If you have a customized plan and you are religiously following it, half the battle is already won.