In parenting, you become a part of someone else’s life and story. The journey of raising a child becomes a lifelong one. Finding your own balance in this adventure can be a challenge, especially if you’re engaging in it as a single parent. It’s important to prioritize self-care and make time for your own needs, as well as seek parent therapy to support your journey. Here are some tips to help you find balance in your role as a single parent:
Establish a Routine
Structure is your best friend. Creating a routine for yourself and your children can provide structure and stability in your day-to-day life. When you can’t be everywhere at once, implementing a routine can serve as a tool for managing your time effectively. If your children are old enough, this is a helpful tool to engage them in taking responsibility, which will reduce your own stress.
Take Care of Yourself
Although you may think self-care should be the first to go in a laundry list of “to-do’s”, view it as a priority. Make time for self-care activities such as exercise, reading, or spending time with friends. To take care of your mental health, find the right counselor for you. Therapy is a beneficial support for a single parent. It’s important to take care of your own needs so that you can be at your best for your children.
Ask for Help
As they say, “it takes a village!” Although you may be parenting on your own, you are not alone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family and friends. They can provide emotional support, help with childcare, or assist with household tasks. And if appropriate, if your child’s other parent is in the picture, allow them to support your child when necessary. If you don’t have outside support, join a support group with other single parents. Connecting with parents in your position can provide a sense of community.
Remember, finding balance as a single parent takes time and effort. Be kind to yourself, practice self-compassion, and don’t hesitate to reach out for help when you need it. With patience, persistence, and a focus on self-care, you can find balance and thrive as a single parent.
At Decade2Connect, we support many single parents through our parent coaching. We also provide regular support groups and opportunities for parents to connect with one another. For more information, connect with a member of our team today!