How to Manage Your Home as a Single
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.
With some good tips and smart home management, you can have a
and healthy family as a single parent. (Image: Amber McAuley,
Tackle Chores as a
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.
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
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
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.