Nobody has to tell you that single parenthood is a lot of work—you live that truth every day. Keeping track of everybody’s schedules, making healthy meals, finding time for fun with your kids, and maybe even spending some time on your own is just in another day’s work. You figure out ways to fulfill all of your household’s needs without having someone else around to help pull the load—basically, you are some kind of Super Parent.
As difficult as it is to be a single parent, with the right kind of planning and organisation, you can make it work. Here’s how.
Finding Time for It All
As a single parent, your time is a precious resource that must be treated in accordance with its value. To make sure you have enough time, you have to keep your routine and home organized. And with each additional child you have, that organization becomes more and more important. Here are some simple ways to cut down on time wasted:
Budgeting and Money Management
Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it can buy goods and services that make life a lot easier. While living within a budget helps teach your children the value of a dollar, you are only human and most likely want to provide everything you possibly can for them. Strike a balance with smart money management that allows you to spend it on the things that matter. Here are some tips:
Being a single parent is no easy task. It takes dedication and organisation to run a household by yourself. Time is your most valuable resource. Save time by reducing clutter, preparing meals ahead of time, and establishing a routine for the whole family. If there’s not enough money to do the fun things, set up a budget that allows you to squirrel away funds for the future. Cut down on groceries by bargain shopping and save money by cooking at home. Finally, shop secondhand for kids’ clothing. It’s good for your wallet and the environment.
Daniel is a single dad raising two children. At Dad Solo , he aims to provide other single dads with information and resources to help them better equip themselves on the journey that is parenthood.
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