let’s hear it for the single parents

Whenever I’m home alone with the kids for more than a day or two, I start to think…how do single parents do it?

I mean, I can get through a couple of days. The crazy mornings, trying to get everyone out the door, the meals, the cleanup, the baths, the tantrums, the cleanup again, etc. But I’ve realized I don’t stop to think often enough about how grateful I am to be a part of a two person team that works side by side to keep things running smoothly.

I’m lucky enough to have a husband who definitely pulls his weight, both with the household chores and raising the kids. From the time we both get home to the time we go to bed, he participates alongside me every step of the way. Sometimes together, sometimes in a divide and conquer sort of way. And we both help each other out – one of us will often say to the other – “you head on up to bed, I’ll finish up these dishes.”

But those single moms – or dads – it’s THEM all the time. No backup, nobody else to help with cleanup…or tantrums…or baths. How are they not exhausted all the time? Maybe they are.  Maybe I need to think about that a bit more the next time I bump into someone I know that is handling it all solo.

So tonight, this is a shout out to all the single parents out there.  You rock.  I don’t know how you do it, but you impress me and give me strength at the end of a long day!

5 thoughts on “let’s hear it for the single parents

  1. This is a great post. I often wonder how two-parent families do it, it seems so alien to me. Even when we were a two-parent family, I did the majority of everything and it was like having an extra child. But I know that I am always tired, always overwhelmed at the amount of housework to do, overwhelmed at the bickering and tired from almost begging my children to eat. It’s tiring but I have created a nice home for the three of us and one day I will allow someone to join our little team. Thank you for sharing x

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