Bonding with your Child when you’re a Single Parent

Published On  February 19, 2015 By
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The toughest part of being a single parent is probably the constant juggling act we perform. The buck stops with us whether it’s attending school programs, paying bills, putting food on the table, nursing sick kids or in general keeping them happy and whole. It is very easy, in the midst of this, to become people who mechanically do task after task without ever living in the present. If you’ve been doing this lately, stop and take a deep breath. Check out 5 ways in which you can bond with your child(ren).

Make time to play: Even though you might be overwhelmed with the number of things that you need to do by yourself, make time to play with your child. This will be the moments that they (and you) will remember forever.

Single parent1:1 time: Sometimes you might not able to devote a big chunk of time to your child(ren). Grab the small moments. The last 10 minutes while you snuggle with them in bed, the few minutes as soon as you come from work or they return from school, the few minutes that you are driving them somewhere make them count.

Single ParentBe honest: Nothing bothers children like dishonesty from parents. Even if you think something might hurt your children, let them know about it in simple terms without going into details.This is especially important when you only have each other and they need to know that they can trust you completely. Explain to them your financial situation and how they need to work with you (If they are old enough for that talk).

Get some “ME” time: Single parenting can be hard and sometimes both you and your kids might need a break from each other. Ask for help from family and friends to babysit while you take some time for yourself. It will help you recharge and reconnect better.

Ease off the pressure: Sometimes being the only parent may make you take on too much pressure on yourself to be the perfect parent and also put a lot of pressure on your child to be the perfect child. Let go of those pressures. Just be your natural self and do your best. Letting your child follow his passions and interests might be the best thing you can ever give him/her.

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