It is possible to raise happy kids as a single parent. There are many single parents flourishing today, so you are no different. While it can be challenging to do it all alone, this should not discourage you. It should motivate you to raise a whole rounded child. Don’t carry the burden alone if you are overwhelmed. Reach out to family and friends for help. Regardless of the reason why you’re alone, you can raise a smart and independent child. Here is how single parents can raise happy kids alone.
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Share your thoughts
Share your thoughts, and you will feel relieved. Get a scrapbook from scrapbookingcoach.com to write what you are feeling every day. You can also attend therapy to deal with psychological issues you may be experiencing.
Accept your situation
You can only bring up happy kids after accepting that you are a single parent. Whether your partner left or you’re widowed, stop feeling sorry for yourself. Pick yourself up and resume your responsibilities as a single parent. It is not easy, but realizing that you are the only one in your child’s life brings you back to reality.
Have a routine
Having a routine is important both to you and your child. Schedule for your chores, meals, and bedtime to avoid getting overwhelmed. Children love routines, so don’t be afraid to create one in your home.
Let kids be kids
Don’t over-rely on your child for emotional support, or help in the house. Such pressure will affect his studies and mental health. Talk to a friend or a counselor when sad instead of complaining to your child.
Kids are not dumb. They see and hear things. If you are recently divorced, be honest with your child when he asks. Don’t bad mouth your former spouse to look good in front of your child. Honesty is the foundation of any good relationship. Your child has a right to know their father or mother. Therefore, don’t deny them that right because of your resentment.
Being a single parent is hard. You cater for rent, meals, medical bills, and school fees alone. Most of the time, you have to make sacrifices to put food on the table. Despite how things may be, don’t lose hope. Your child looks up to you, and it is not good to see despair. Remain optimistic, and never stop trying.
Take care of yourself
Who said you have to spend the whole day in the house because you are a single parent? Go out with your friends when your child is at school or with your family. Pamper yourself regularly and avoid stress. Take care of your mental health. Many single parents suffer in silence because they don’t have people to share their experiences with. Others blame themselves for being single parents. Let go of the past and start the new journey on a clean slate.
Being a single parent is not as bad as many think. Take care of yourself and encourage positive behavior in your children. Don’t be too hard on yourself, but appreciate every milestone you make. It is possible to raise a happy and fulfilled child as a single parent.
*This is a contributed post. While Amber didn’t write it, she’s approved it for you to enjoy 🙂