Divorced, separated, widowed, never married or solo by choice, the life of a single mom is never easy. Especially when you are living to work for a full-time job together with family life. Raising your children alone may result in challenges that you are the only one who needs to solve for it. Tendencies are you have to work full time to support their needs, but limited quality time to be with them.
Here are some of the ways on how to balance your time as a single mom:
- Move on from the guilt
This can make you feel free from the burden brought from the past. Dwelling with your guilt may only result in unstable quality time with your child. It is better to focus yourself on different opportunities that make your family and child benefited from it. Find a way on how you can find a job, a passion or an interest that helps you to value your time for your child.
- Find a quality childcare
No matter how much you want to be a full-time mom, responsibilities, and expenses are always coming in your way. Ask from your friends or family for references for nannies or babysitters that can take care of your child while you are working. Make sure that you will find someone who has experiences in working with kids. Also, look for someone who is willing to work for long-term so that you may assure that your child may receive and hands-on childcare.
- Start your mornings right
Avoid starting your mornings mad at your kids. It is better to take them from a shower, prepare their clothes, and cook for their breakfast. Also, a packed lunch is really appreciated by your kids going to school.
- Stay connected to your children
Being busy at work is not an excuse to get connected with your children. A text message or a call during your break will make them feel that you are monitoring them even at a distance. Also, giving small gifts or inspirational notes makes them alive all throughout the day.
- Have quality time with your kids
Having a quality time is never easy especially when you have a work to consider. To assure that quality time is established even you are working fulltime, allow your rest day a bonding date with your kids. Take them to parks, let them eat the food they want, or a little family night will make sure that you will able to balance family time from your busy schedule.