Hello! If you’re here to get some encouragement, you’re in luck. If you’re here for ideas as to how to make your life as a single mother more bearable, keep reading. If you need further validation that you are doing some things right as a single parent, then please, hang out with us for a few more minutes. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite tips that will steer you and your children towards success.
You didn’t sign up for this, right? The whole idea of raising kids is natural, but when you think about it, you never thought you’d have to do it alone. Life happens. People change. And whether you feel like it right now or not, you’re going to figure it out. Your kids need someone to guide them through these impressionable years, and guess what? You’re that person.
Raising your children can be strenuous now that you’re on your own, but, hey, you’re still a family. You still have them and they have you. Your kiddos should feel safe, loved, and proud of what you have together. If you’re feeling like you’re only surviving, what’s stopping you from thriving? If you can be the best mother that you can be, then you shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not you are parenting alone. Your kids will thrive with you if you are giving them your all. Are you ready to put in the work? Of course, you are!
You’re a great mom already, but if you see anything worth merit in the following list of suggestions, give it a whirl.
This is a long form text area designed for your content that you can fill up with as many words as your heart desires. You can write articles, long mission statements, company policies, executive profiles, company awards/distinctions, office locations, shareholder reports, whitepapers, media mentions and other pieces of content that don’t fit into a shorter, more succinct space.
Articles – Good topics for articles include anything related to your company – recent changes to operations, the latest company softball game – or the industry you’re in. General business trends (think national and even international) are great article fodder, too.
Mission statements – You can tell a lot about a company by its mission statement. Don’t have one? Now might be a good time to create one and post it here. A good mission statement tells you what drives a company to do what it does.
Company policies – Are there company policies that are particularly important to your business? Perhaps your unlimited paternity/maternity leave policy has endeared you to employees across the company. This is a good place to talk about that.
Executive profiles – A company is only as strong as its executive leadership. This is a good place to show off who’s occupying the corner offices. Write a nice bio about each executive that includes what they do, how long they’ve been at it, and what got them to where they are.
It’s time to sort yourself out and follow through. Once you have established some routine in your day, it’s time to think about managing other things. Aim for a life of less stress. We want you to not have to worry about the things you may deem important right now. We want you to spend quality time with your kids. Take a walk in the park. Tell secrets and giggle. Literally stop and smell the flowers. It’s time to tackle some tasks so your stage is set for nothing except success.
Have an honest conversation with your kids if they’re old enough. It’s time to set boundaries and establish some values. Make birthdays special and reinvent how you celebrate holidays. Now that it’s just you and them, it’s a good idea to create new family traditions and work on rebuilding what may have been. If you don’t already, read each night to your kids. This is a great way to spend time with them and it gives you all a reason to wind down (and cuddle) before bedtime.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t discuss finances. Without going too deep down the rabbit hole, just know that it would be wise to set some financial goals. In fact, we recommend having a written budget. Dig into your income versus your expenditures and see where you can begin to save a little for the future. Take advantage of tax breaks and government programs. Financial freedom can be something you experience and it’s well worth the fight. Wouldn’t it be amazing to take a dream vacation?
You have conquered the difficulties of these suggestions. You’ve hopefully thought about some priorities, how to follow through, and you may have even thought about creating a budget. What’s left? The fun stuff, mama!
What’s the most important thing to you? Your kids, right? How can you prove that to them? Well, let us be the first to say that actions speak louder than words. While it’s extremely important to tell your children that you love them, you must also show them evidence of love. Not just lip service.. Actual, soul-searching, unconditional love. Love them without boundaries. They don’t deserve anything less.
Be engaged. Treasure every single moment you are blessed to be in their presence. Be available. Listen to their concerns and when they tell you a ridiculous story, ask them questions. Play along. Show interest in what took place at school each day. We know it’s difficult sometimes, but it’s critical that you remain positive as much as possible. Kids believe what you tell them, so speak kindly to them and of others (even their dad).
Be yourself. It’s up to you to be real. Don’t try to pretend to be someone you aren’t. Be honest with yourself and always with your kids. Also, be proud of the new beginning you’re providing for your kids. Be proud that you are giving them a reason to see and to seek opportunity in the future. In other words, have fun! Put some fun into each day. Be the reason your child can smile and rest well at night. You’re going to triumph against the odds!
by Lyric Anders, writer