Random Thoughts on Single Parenting

I hesitate to write that I am currently a single parent.  Not sure if that is offensive or fair, as my kids do have a loving father.  He just happens to be watching basketball in Las Vegas the past 5 days.

1.  I have so much respect for every single parent out there.  To juggle schedules, work, finances, school, meal time, one on one and personal time is very close to impossible.  My husband works long hours, but I often have a comforting backup. 

2.  I’ve mentioned before how planning meals stresses me out.  When my husband is out of town, I feed the kids a mostly balanced meal and then I eat rice, CheezeIts and chocolate covered strawberries for dinner.  Three nights in a row.  I kind of enjoy that part. 

3.  We have over 500 channels on our television.  We also have On Demand that includes hundreds of movies, TV shows and special interest options.  Yet, I cannot find one thing to watch except The Soup.  Clearly, my husband controls the remote when he is home. 

4.  I have no right to complain.  There are widows, divorcees and military families that are alone all the time, not just for a long weekend.  Not only do they raise beautiful, confident children, they do it with a smile on their face. 

5.  A group of mom friends is crucial.  To hear others going through similar frustrations and obstacles is invaluable.  I always feel relieved to learn I am not isolated in my experiences.  It is an added joy to watch my children interact with friends and make relationships at the same time.  

 It is easy to take for granted your loved ones.  The times when you are alone, it is important to remember all the good people present in your life.  Do you have any tips to survive temporary single parenting? 

I’m looking forward to my husband coming home.  When is it time for my vacation?


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