You can be successful and be a single parent mom. It takes organization and planning to do it, but it can be done. Here are some tips to being a successful single parent mom.
Make a Calendar
As a mom you have to worry about what your children are doing and where they are doing. In addition to that you need to keep up with your own appointments, job requirements, bills, and the other duties of life. These things can be quite difficult to keep in order and sometimes, things are forgotten. This can be remedied by making and keeping a calendar. Organize your calendar even better by using colors to differentiate between your children’s activities, your bill due dates, your appointments, and the other things that you list on the calendar. If you are lucky enough to have a smart phone, using the calendar application is just as good if not better. You can set the alarm to remind you of due dates, pick up times, and appointments.
Just because you are the mother doesn’t mean you have to do all of the household chores. Around the age of five, children can begin to learn from having responsibility. Of course you wouldn’t expect a five year old to wash the dishes or vacuum the floor. But he or she can help clear the table after dinner or bring his laundry to the wash room. Older children can be counted on to take turns with washing the dishes, taking out the trash, and vacuuming the floor. Not only will you be teaching your children responsibility, but you will take some of the stress to get those chores done off of you leaving you time to tend to things like the bills.
Set Aside “Me Time”
Everyone needs down time, especially single moms. Schedule play dates once a week where your children can go outside of the home for an hour or two. This will allow you to have some breathing room and a chance to recharge your batteries. A successful parent is one who isn’t too tired to spend time with their children. By having some “me time” you can avoid getting overtired and overstressed.
Take Advantage of Education Programs
Going back to school is a great way to further your education and therefore get a better paying job. As a single parent and a mom, you may qualify for specific government programs to fund your college education. These programs are usually in the form of a grant or scholarship that you won’t have to repay. If you have school aged children, you can use their homework time as your homework time. By doing this you will be modeling good study skills while furthering your education. Get help from friends, family, or older children to babysit while you are at class if the classes occur in the evening.
You can be a successful single parent mom if you are willing to put for the effort. Be a good role model to your children by meeting your goals to be a successful person and parent.