If you’re a single parent, you may be struggling to keep everything in your life organized and stress-free. While some studies suggest that working part-time is best for single parents, that isn’t an option for some given the associated financial costs of raising a child. If you’re a single parent and work full-time, here’s a helpful list of some ideas that might make your work-life a little less stressful:
“It takes a village” is a popular saying for a reason, especially for single parents. Don’t be afraid to ask those in your inner circle for help. The people in your life are there for a reason: they care. If that isn’t an option for you, say you just moved to a new city, or your friends and family do not have the time to watch your child or help when needed, look for babysitting co-ops. These groups can be found in local listings on numerous social media platforms. You can also ask your coworkers if they have any suggestions for childcare options. The key point? Use your networks.
Consider All Possible Scenarios
This is an important tip in general but is especially handy for single parents. Make sure you think about worst-case scenarios, such as your child getting the flu on the day of an important meeting. Considering these ideas allows for you to create effective emergency plans. This plan piggybacks off of the last tip a bit. Know who you can call in case of an emergency, such as a family member, friend, or neighbor.
This tip also works for scheduling important moments in your child’s life, like a soccer game or recital. Plan ahead for days off, make friends with your child’s classmate’s parents, so that rides can be arranged until you can pick them up or arrive at the event.
Take Care of Yourself
It can be easy to get caught up in everything. Sometimes the best thing to do, for both you and your child, is to say no. If you’re doing too much, you will not be able to sustain your work or your home life. Though it can seem like you’re limiting yourself or your child, it’s okay to say no to some activities your child wants to do or opportunities your boss puts on your desk. Do all that you can, but know that sometimes too much is too much, and eventually, you will wear yourself out.
Raising a child is difficult for anyone, but especially for a single parent. It’s important to maintain a healthy balance in your life, but it’s okay to feel a bit lost sometimes. The key is to find what works best for you and your child. Remain open and honest with yourself, your child, and the other people in your life so that they know how to help when you need it.