You are now a single parent of a cute little toddler, you enjoy your kid immensely, but at the same time it is also a major challenge to be everywhere at the same time! How do you successfully juggle all your duties as you work as well and are a full-time parent of an active toddler? What can you do to overcome these challenges?
Ask for help and get suitable work
As a single parent, you will need all the support you can get, so go all out and ask for help when necessary, as it is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of your willingness to give your family the best. Approach your parents or supportive friends and get a hand if possible to babysit for you for a while, so that you can go and get those little chores done or drop in at the bank or the dentist for a few hours. Finding the right day care for your kid is also important, especially if you have no one else like a close relative who can take care of your baby as you go to work. Don’t be shy to ask for help if you need it, as others may not always realize how they can help you.
One way you can help yourself initially, especially while your toddler needs a lot of care and energy, would be to find work that is somewhat flexible. If your budget allows you to work part-time, then that would be an ideal option for you and would give you more time at home to do the things you have to do. You may also like to try to find work that is not as taxing for you so that you have some energy to spend with your little bundle of joy when you get home!
Get some support and it will pass
You may find that you need some support from others emotionally and practically at times. Check for support groups in your community and try them out to see if it helps you or approach close friends who can offer you encouragement through your struggles of this season in your life. As you go to drop or pick your child from day care for example, you also may meet other single parents who are in a similar situation and you can offer support to each other. Or if you go to church or other places of worship, you could also approach the minister or others in the community who will cheer you on. Do what works for you! When things get hard, remind yourself, this is only a season in your life and it will pass! It will make you a stronger and wiser person and you still have the rest of your life ahead of you!