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How to Manage Your Home as a Single Parent

Tips for managing a happy family as a single parent

Households headed by one parent are part of a growing reality. By the year 2017, it was estimated that at least 22,000 children were being raised by single mothers. Children from these households are not to be discounted, as they grow up having a more open view of traditional gender roles and knowing the value of hard work. Here are some tips to managing a happy and healthy family as a single parent.

Mum making faces at her boy child

With some good tips and smart home management, you can have a happy
and
healthy family as a single parent. (Image: Amber McAuley, Pixabay)

Tackle Chores as a Family

Many single-parent households are led by a working mother with multiple children, which means messes happen faster than they can be cleaned up. To make home cleaning a little bit easier, take out the trash regularly and sweep opten. You can also challenge your children to help out with home cleaning, creating games and contests that involve folding laundry, raking leaves, sweeping the floor, putting away groceries, and other simple tasks.

A weekly home cleaning doesn’t have to include dusting everything in sight, but leaving minimal items on display and using storage bins are a great hacks to clean up clutter fast. Start each season with a home maintenance checklist. If a chore like cleaning the gutters seems to be too difficult to handle, hire a professional and use the extra time for a family activity.

Build a Network

It’s crucial for any single parent to have people in their lives to help share parenting responsibilities. Parents, siblings, friends, and co-workers can all be sounding boards for your most difficult parenting situations. These people also make great babysitters, which are necessary for unpartnered parents. All single parents need time away from their children every once in a while. According to Parents Magazine, a strong support network (which can include other single moms) will help take the sting out of comments you may hear from people that feel your child is lacking something in their life.

Encourage Education and Activities

According to NPR, children from single-parent families are often more likely to do poorly in school. The cultural idea behind this is that one parent has less time to be engaged with their children due to the increased amount of pressure to provide for the family. While getting a math tutor for your child may seem like a financial hardship, it will truly benefit them in the long run if you can’t be home to help your child with their homework.

Parents that are the sole breadwinner should encourage their children to participate in school activities, such as music classes and sports teams, which give their children an outlet, and help them build skills and learn about teamwork. Even encouraging your child to participate in a neighborhood game of pickup basketball is a great way to keep them active and social.

It’s important to recognize that you will have guilt about your hindered ability to be there for every parent-teacher conference, sporting event, and activity, but every other parent out there also has similar guilt. Enlist your network to help cover the gaps in your schedule, even if you just need someone to drive your child to practice.

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