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Single Parents Rock

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

No, before we get started, I'm not a single parent. I have been, and I am on occasion when my husband goes out of town for work(like today through Friday).
I have such a respect for everything that single mom's do. I am in awe of what they accomplish and how seemingly they seem so calm and have their crap together.
So my husband leaves today for a business trip. He'll be gone for 3 days. That equates to:
3 sporting practices
1 karate
1 boy scouting event
3 daycare drop offs
6 off to school/back from school
1 after school activity
a School science project
Child labor(chore heckling)
then those annoying neccessities like feeding them and bathing them and getting them to bed!

I don't know how single mom's do it. I was a single mom when my oldest was a toddler, for about a year or so. It was easier then for some reason. Less activities outside the house I suppose.

So somewhere in there I have to figure out how to call my father in law for his birthday and let contractors into my parent's house because they decided to leave as well. Abondonment anyone? I'm kidding.

So I couldn't sleep last night, thinking about what I couldn't forget and how to get organized when it's a 3 vs. 1 and I'm running zone defense. So I may gain this week, not sure. I'm going to try to get my bike riding in, but if the toddler attaches herself to me I won't be doing anything but squats and lunges with a 25 pound weight attached to my hip. LOL

Hope you all have a good rest of the week! Wish me luck.
xo

PS Yes, a HUGE shout out to all those single Dads out there too! You all are amazing!!!!
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GINGERD03 2/13/2013 10:07AM

  I agree they are quite amazing! Hope all went smoothly & if it didn't O' well that's life right :)

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NIKKICOLE83 2/1/2013 2:21PM

    I was a single mom of a special needs child and somehow you just find a way to get it all done. But now you are triple-teamed! Just do your best and know that it is impossible to do it all so just prioritize. If they miss a practice, oh well. If the little one has to cry so you can do something for yoursself,so be it. The boys are old enough that they can help pick up the slack. My brother is a single dad (whoop! whoop! GO SINGLE DADS!) to a 15yr old and a 4yr old DIVA. My nephew is so good with his sister and he helps out the same way my brother helped out my mom with me when she was a single mom raising us. Just know that your kids notice how hard you work and they love you for it.

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SENIMMO 1/31/2013 1:46PM

    I was a single parent for several years, then I met my current husband (an amazing man). He stepped into the Dad role on day 1 and even though it took us 8 years to get married, he never wavered. We raised my son for several years on the rig "home schooling" him. And when we made the decision that he needed a house and a regular school, my husband never even blinked at setting us up and going back to work alone. "Because that's what real men do- they take care of their families no matter what it takes."

With him being back on the road, there are some ways I am single parenting, and there are some I'm not. I don't have to try to juggle work with raising a rebellious teen (thank God and my husband), but I do all the rest.

You'll do fine. You're stronger than you think you are. emoticon emoticon

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MADTHENURSE 1/30/2013 10:16AM

    I couldn't agree with you more!! On the rare occasion my hubby is away, it is so tough! We have 5 boys and it's insane trying to keep it all together! Being a parent is the hardest, most emotional thing I've ever done. Yet it's the most important thing I do. I'd imagine the most important thing I'll ever do. And it's the most rewarding - most days :)

I work in foster care and visit youth in their foster homes. We have a few single parents and I'm forever telling them how much credit I give them - it's so tough to parent alone.

Good luck this week - I'm sure you'll do great!

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ADARKARA 1/30/2013 8:01AM

    We gotta give props to single dads, too. There are some great dads out there and they just don't get enough credit. *raised by a single dad working full-time*I was never huge into sports and was an only child but he was still my best parent! =)

You'll do fine!

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