Tips on How to Become a Successful Sole Parent
Success in being a parent is defined by how a child grows and how a responsible citizen he or she has become. Parenting is hard since you have a lot to consider in raising up your child. Your child needs to be holistically developed. You and your spouse must be an equal aid to be a scaffold to your child as he or she grows. But being a sole parent is a lot more challenging and harder than you think. Challenges can be: financial, time, attention, focus and even your personal health can be at stake. But I salute to all sole parents who manage how to raise their children by themselves. For those who are starting their journey on being a sole parent, here are some tips on how to successfully raise your child as a sole parent.
One, create a routine or a schedule and be disciplined enough to follow your schedule. Being a single parent who needs to earn money and at the same time who takes care of his or her children, you need to create schedules to manage your time. It is necessary to be disciplined in your time schedule or routine so that you won’t waste a time and also you should also not forget your schedule or you might end up forgetting to pick up your child at school or worse, you might forget to feed them.
Two, find a quality and reliable child care. If you cannot do it by yourself alone with the schedule at work that you have, you can always and freely resource to a child care which is reliable. You should not entrust your child to another child who is only a few pages away from your child’s age as a baby sitter. She or he might not have that much experience in taking care of the child.
Three, even though you are busy, you should and you must find time to spend with them. Show them your love as the equivalent of two parents loving them. They might feel insecure or they might lack love and attention. Take time to play with them and be sure to be with them on special occasions. That is why schedules are important.
Four, you should also not lack on the area of discipline. Yes, you should understand them always for they might have a hard time taking all the situations but it this should not be loose in your parenting and in your act of discipline.
Fifth, you should also learn to lean on to others. You still have your parents, friends, co-workers who will always understand you and can be your help in times of need. You can also join some support groups for single parents or you can seek social advice.
Lastly, take care of yourself too. Take time to rest and sleep for once. Treat yourself for doing such a great job and always evaluate some weaknesses so that you can improve on parts that you failed. After all, parenting is a continuous process of learning. Don’t ever feel guilty for your child as long as you did your best.