Single Parenting

by Heligirl on April 12, 2010

in Daily Ramblings

I have all the respect in the world for the amazing ladies, and guys, who manage to raise children alone. How on Earth do you do it? Especially with a new crawler and a preschooler well into her terrible twos hell bent on testing all the limits? I’m sure it’s one thing when the kids are old enough to dress, use the bathroom, feed themselves and help out around the house. But these little ones will be the death of me if it weren’t for the help Hubby provides around 5 pm each night (or the relief I get when I’m at work 25 hours a week). I’ve determined I would suck big time as a military or fisherman’s wife. BIG TIME. Might just become an alcoholic.

But I’m getting to taste that life this week. While Hubby plays in the Vegas sun (he claims he’s at a convention with his boss), I’m keeping the house erect, children fed and changed, and Mommy together. It’s particularly hard around meal time when Sweetness gets kind of demanding for attention, but I need to cook. And with Mr. Man on the move, that’s two children out of site for spots of time which more often than not end with Mr. Man screaming. Oh what I wouldn’t give for an open kitchen so I could see into the living room.

And then there’s Mr. Man’s 10:30 p.m. and 2 a.m. waking habits, followed by being up and ready for the day at 6 am, despite the fact that Mommy needs some time to sleep, get showered and ready for the day. I do still work, you know.

In all seriousness, I know there are a lot of GREAT people out there who are full, most or part-time single parenting and my hat is off to you. I know organization, experience and support are big contributors. You are heroes in every sense of the word.

Getting back to me. This is all about me, you know. If you don’t hear from me for a while, please send help. Preferably a nanny for the kids and Hugh Jackman to help Mommy. If you can only send one, send Hugh.

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