For a single parent, it can seem as if work never ends. Not only do you play the role of breadwinner and sole provider, but you also play the role of caretaker and homemaker. Without a partner on board to share some of the responsibility, anything that even remotely resembles a work-life balance can seem, well, laughable.
It’s not uncommon for single parents who work outside of the home to feel guilty for having to spend time away from their children. They will often attempt to offset feelings of guilt by spending every non-working spare or “free” moment with their children.
It may not be easy, but it is possible – and necessary – to juggle everyone’s schedules and yet manage to find some time for yourself.
Here are five tips to help single parents find work-life balance:
Designing a nursery is an exciting part of preparing for your baby’s arrival. And while it can be easy to lose track of time searching for baby nursery ideas online and through baby magazines, there are some practical items that every nursery needs. Here are four important things that all new parents should consider when setting up a nursery.
Parental burnout is very real, although the fatigue that often comes with being a parent is not something that people tend to talk about.
When your entire world revolves around your children, it can be hard to admit that you’re burned out. When you spread yourself too thin, you’re not the only one who is affected. Your children will most certainly feel the effects as well.
Burnout in other occupations is common and may be associated with feeling a lack of control, appreciation or compensation, or a heavy workload or stress. Parental burnout is no different. Although other jobs may offer rewards and incentives such as bonuses or promotions for employees who do a good job, parenting is expected to be its own reward.
Here are five ways to help guard against parental burnout:
According to The New York Times, the divorce rate in America has been declining for a few decades. Nevertheless, there are still many children who have to cope with having their parents separate, so it’s important for parents to help their kids manage this difficult situation – although this often is easier said than in practice.
Most separating or divorcing parents may have never gone through the process before, and therefore may be unsure of what to do when helpings kids cope with divorce. Here are some ways:
A new study from the University of Connecticut polled parents about the Common Core, the new education standards that have been enacted in 44 states nationwide to better prepare students for the world of tomorrow. Of the parents who responded, 39% weren’t even aware that the standards existed.