Surprising Ways to Reduce Stress as Single Parent

With every one in four American children living with single parents, it’s no surprise that stress can be a major factor in the parent’s life. With so much responsibility and work put on one person, it can be difficult trying to balance priorities. However, all of these issues can be attributed to a single thing: stress. Solo parenting is a demanding task that can quickly pile up and cause stress. Thankfully, there are some surprising ways to wipe that stress away and make your life more enjoyable.

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Speak with other single parents

People find comfort in others and single parenting is no exception. Whether it’s an online community or a local community of single parents, make sure you immerse yourself in their groups and make friends. It’s a lot easier to deal with issues when you have people to speak to who are in the same situation, and you can also ask for advice or give your opinion on certain problems that other people have.

Improve your confidence in daily tasks

Another issue that regularly creeps up for a single parent is their confidence. It could be confidence in their appearance, confidence in their daily tasks or simply their ability to raise a child. Whatever you do for your daily chores, make sure that you’re confident in them. Everything from driving your car to cooking dinner should come naturally and you shouldn’t feel like you’re barely scraping by. Take cooking lessons if you want to prepare better meals, consider learning with a defensive driving traffic school online if you’re not confident in your driving and learn how to manage your finances if you are having trouble with budgeting.

Remove the “guilt”

Single parents often feel guilty due to the situation they’re in. They might feel like they aren’t able to provide for their children or they might have trouble balancing their work and personal life, resulting in the occasional neglect for their child. This is absolutely normal and not something that you should be concerned about. Single parents have a rough time trying to balance their lives so it’s easy to slip and think about the long-term goals instead of your small day to day achievements. If you’re feeling guilty about being unable to provide for your child or being forced to separate your child from your partner, then consider joining a support group or accept that you’re living for the future, and not the past.

Never break from your daily routine

Whenever possible, make sure that your routine is set in stone and never break from it. Make sure that you’re eating regular meals at scheduled times, ensure that your children are helping you with chores and build up a consistent routine. This will help you feel a lot less stressed out, and great time management skills will go a long way teach your child the value of an organised life. Not only does this help you maintain a good work and life balance each day, but it also helps you stay on track.

Congtratulations Batch 2016-2017

I can still vividly remember my fair share of graduations feeling. Both of my elementary and high school graduation my mother was not present because she is miles away from us working hard for us. So when Nanay came home for few weeks vacation I decided to apply for graduation for Associate in Computer Science. It was not in plan but I want to experience the feeling of graduating having Nanay to escort me. Good thing I decided to march after taking up my associate course because if not, I will not experience graduating with Nanay to celebrate one of the important milestone of my life because I failed to finished mu 4 years course.

Before the month of March ends the little big tot and my nephew had their Moving Up Ceremony. The little big tot finished his elementary grade and my nephew his junior high school. Although I almost give up on my nephew because he is not doing his obligations as a student I am thankful that he still made it. Congratulations to both of you!

To all the graduates of batch 2016-2017, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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Going Solo & Not Going Broke Is Possible

The chances are when you got pregnant with your little ones; you thought that as they grew up, you will still be happily living with your partner, and would have two incomes coming in. However, if you are now single, for one reason or another, and flying solo, then you may be struggling with your finances. It’s easy to make the assumption that you can’t cope without the help and support of your ex-partner, but the fact is that isn’t true – there are millions of single parents across the world bringing up their kids on just one wage, so there’s no need to panic because it is doable. To ensure that you are able to parent solo and not go broke, below are some useful tips and pieces of advice to take note of.

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Clip coupons

When you are bringing up your kids on one income, you need to save as much money as possible wherever you can. That means being willing to flick through magazines and browse websites like this one here, to find all of the best coupons to cut out and use online or at your local store. You might not fancy spending your free time looking for coupons, but the fact is, if it will help to make life as a single parent more affordable, it’s worth it. The fact is that the more money you can save, the better, as it will help to make day to day life that little bit easier for you.

Have a budget and stick to it

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The key to success when it comes to bringing up little ones on just your income is to ensure that you have a budget in place and always stick to it. If you want to make living on a small income easier to do, having a budget in place that determines what you can spend on different things, such as your food, bills, and car, is important. If you know where every penny of your money is going, it will make the process of living on a small amount of money each month, that little bit easier.

Get help from your ex-partner

If your ex-partner doesn’t already contribute to your children’s upbringing in some way or another, then it’s important to request help from them. The fact is that the law states that both parents need to contribute to their children’s upbringing in some way, so it shouldn’t just be you who is having to do so. If you are unsure what you would be entitled to or how to start the process, it’s worth making an appointment to speak to a lawyer, so that you can get a better idea of where you stand in the eyes of the law.

Being a single parent isn’t easy, especially when money is tight. However, the good news is that it is possible to successfully raise little ones on a small income, it’s just a case of being smart about it. Sure, there will be tough times,but you will get through them.