There are a lot of single moms who are forced wear many hats, and sometimes it all piles up and feels like the pressure will crush you. Even women, whose husband’s travel a lot for work, are effectively single moms a lot of the time. It can be totally overwhelming with an endless to-do list and not enough time to do it all alone.
Balancing the demands of life truly is an accomplishment achieved by practice, and trial and error. Even though you have a million things to do, it’s really important to take some time out of your day to recharge your batteries whether it’s a phone call to a close friend, meditating, exercise or whatever. You need that time to do something other than checking off your list. Even if you have to hide in your pantry or bathroom for a few minutes, do it. Think of it as a “Mommy Time Out.”
Keeping that in mind, you also need to prioritize what is really important and what isn’t. If the kids’ beds aren’t made, that’s not the end of the world. It’s probably more important that you pick someone up from the airport than make your kids’ beds. It can be difficult to temporarily lower your standards or expectations, but your health and sanity are far more important on the priority chart.
Finally, single moms are in “Super Mom” mode almost 24/7. You spend so much time making sure that your kids are happy, healthy, and taken care of that you forget to take care of yourself. So in addition to taking a “Mommy Time Out,” make sure that you are eating enough, getting enough exercise, and most importantly getting enough sleep. You really will burn out if your don’t take care of your needs as a single mom, and it will affect your super parenting in the long run.