Single-parent families are rather frequent nowadays, and the life of a single Mom can be quite stressful and messy. It brings high levels of pressure, struggling with lower incomes, constant lack of time, social isolation, possible judgmental environment, loneliness and many other challenges. Also, many single Moms worry about the effect of lack of father figure to child’s behavior. Explaining the divorce issue is a problem itself and introducing some new man to your child is an even harder task. Here is some useful advice Single Moms should apply to stay strong and raise a healthy and happy child.
Love comes over duties
It’s easy to get lost and overwhelmed by all the every day’s duties. Balancing career with housework and all the aspects of child rearing might deprive your child of your basic emotions and love towards him or her. Don’t forget to show them pure emotions at least through some small gestures and intimate moments.
Routine, discipline and helping hands
The only way to keep everything under control and to fulfill all the challenges single-motherhood imposes is to create a routine schedule and to stick to it. Stay disciplined, have a solid structure of a day and don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for help every time you need it.
Babysitting shouldn’t make you feel guilty
Hiring someone responsible, reliable and dedicated to babysitting your child occasionally does not make you “not enough parent.” You are not handling your basic role to someone else; you are leaning on part-time help.
Spoiling a child is not a proof of love
Careful with this trap. Setting loose all the limits and house rules to create a false feeling of excessive loving will only harm your child in the long run. Imposing limits and discipline are included into the healthy raising of a kid.
Don’t neglect you own life
You need time for yourself, and you have to keep up with the personal aspect of your life. Otherwise, you’ll turn into the obsessed and stressed parent, too frustrated to project positive and healthy energy and attitudes toward a child.