Single-parent survival strategies

Being a single-parent can be stressful. Here are some tips for taking care of yourself while taking care of your child.

  • Watch out for too many changes in your life. Change causes stress and you have enough right now.
  • Accept help. It’s unrealistic to think that you can do it alone.
  • Manage your own emotions so you will be able to help your children manage their emotions
  • Give your children permission to talk to you about their feelings.
  • Let go of your need for perfection.
  • Be flexible and find creative ways to solve problems
  • Learn to set priorities. Do the most important things first
  • Trust your gut feelings. Pay attention to your instincts and act on them.
  • Simplify as many things as possible in your life.
  • Teach yourself to let go of guilt. You don’t have time for it and it’s not necessary.
  • Focus on issues you have control over. If something is beyond your control, don’t waste your emotions on it.
  • Learn to be assertive. You can’t say yes to every request.
  • Find ways to take care of your body. Get regular checkups and make time to exercise. You need rest now, more than ever.
  • Do at least one fun thing for yourself every week.
  • Get together with other single-parent families. Sharing times with people facing similar issues can help you feel normal.

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