How To Be a Single Parent

August 11, 2021

Children of single parents grow up just as successful as peers

In the past, there weren’t as many single parents as in modern times. People, who would take the decision to become single parents back then, weren’t accepted by society. They had to work and fight much more.

Nowadays, however, being a single parent has become a normal, common thing. Single parents are now much easier accepted by society. Yet, there is one thing that remained the same as in the past. Being a single parent is not easy. It is demanding and requires a lot of sacrifices.

However, there is always something you can do to make life easier for you and your children.

1. The importance of time management

No one has more things to think of as a devoted single parent. Besides going to work, all your

responsibilities and obligations are doubled. It is not easy to take care of everything.

So, you need to try to improve your organization skills and time management. There are several things you should try.
One of the useful things could be setting a daily routine both for you and your children. Doing certain things at the exact time saves a lot of time and stress. Another positive thing about setting daily routines is that your children can learn to be more responsible and well-organized people.

Also, you can use the old-school organizer, a pen and a pad, and write your to-do lists. But, as a modern single parent, you must be using your smartphone for many things. So, why wouldn’t you try some of the online time management tools? There are plenty of apps around there that can help you sort out your things. They use colors, sounds, message reminders, so it could be worth trying.

2. Creating different savings plans 

There is something that most people, especially single parents, have in common these days – money worries. With crises all around, it can’t be easy to earn and save enough money. Again, there are some things that could help you get through this situation.

One of the great ways to save a significant amount of money is by learning to cook and eating meals at home. If you get your children to help you cooking or setting the table, you can not only save some money but also spend some quality family time.

Money struggles are a common issue for many single parents. But, you can work on simple ways to save. One of them is being mindful of your energy usage to lower your Centerpoint Energy bill, in order to improve your finances and limit money stress.  An additional benefit of lowering your energy usage each month is the positive impact that you will have on the planet.  This kind of example is always good to show to your children.

Nowadays, it is necessary to save money in different ways and have different saving plans. Putting the same small amount of money each month is a great thing to do.

Another good and useful way to save your money is learning to say “no” to your children. This is good in so many ways. Your children will learn to respect your authority, but they will also learn how to appreciate things they have. Not to mention saving a significant amount of money.

3. Take time for yourself

Being a single parent is demanding. But that doesn’t mean that you should focus all your energy on taking care of the children, house, and bills. You must find some time for yourself every now and then. A happy and healthy parent means happy children. So, it is important to do some things that make you happy.

Doing some old hobbies or finding some new ones could be relaxing and relieving. Yoga and jogging are very popular ways of relaxation these days, so you could try them first. Listening to your favorite music after putting your children to bed is one of the great things to do. Don’t forget to be kind to yourself!

Final thoughts

All single parents know that this is not an easy thing to do. How could it be? But if you learn how to be a happy person, you will be a happy parent as well. Your children will know that they can rely on you. But, they will also learn how to deal with the difficulties of life and enjoy. You will teach them by your positive example.



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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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