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Navigating the Ups and Downs of Being a Single Working Mom




As a single working mom, I've encountered countless assumptions about what my life must be like. Some picture a glamorous existence with nannies handling every parenting duty, while others envision constant stress and exhaustion. The truth, however, lies somewhere in between – a blend of highs, lows, and everything in between.


Let's start by dispelling the notion that being a single working mom is all about glamorous nights out while nannies tend to your kids. While I'm fortunate to have support, it's far from a daily reality. Balancing work commitments with parenting responsibilities often means late nights and early mornings, juggling deadlines and school pickups. It's a constant juggling act, not a scene from a movie (although those movies do look nice).


Conversely, it's also essential to acknowledge that it's not all doom and gloom. Yes, there are moments of stress and exhaustion, but there are also moments of joy, pride, and fulfillment. Watching my girls grow and succeed despite the challenges reminds me that it's all worth it.





So, how do I thrive amidst this balancing act? Here are a few tips I've picked up along the way and let me know if they work for you as well:


1.    Evaluate Your Balance: Regularly assess how you're dividing your time between work and personal life. Adjustments may be necessary to ensure neither aspect is neglected.


2.    Ask for Help: There's no shame in seeking support. Whether it's from family, friends, or hired help, don't hesitate to ask for assistance when needed.


3.    Prioritize Self-Care: It's easy to overlook self-care when juggling multiple roles, but it's crucial for maintaining your well-being. Establish a self-care routine and make time for activities that recharge you.


4.    Involve Your Kids: Let your children be part of your world. Involving them in your work and achievements can instill a sense of pride and teach valuable lessons about hard work and perseverance.


5.    Attend Important Events: While work commitments are inevitable, make an effort to attend as many of your children's events as possible. It shows them that they're a priority in your life.


6.    Be Happy with Your Appearance: Self-confidence radiates from within. When you feel good about yourself, it reflects positively on your children. Don’t put off getting a haircut or manicure because you’re busy. (Thank me later.)


7.    Have a Life Outside of Work and Parenting: It's essential to have hobbies, interests, and a social life outside of your responsibilities. Nurture your own passions and maintain a sense of identity beyond being a mom and a professional.


Finally, it's important to acknowledge that there will be moments when work takes precedence. Deadlines, meetings, and emergencies may require your immediate attention. However, prioritizing work when necessary doesn't mean your children have to suffer. By maintaining open communication and finding a balance that works for your family, you can thrive as a single working mom.


Being a single working mom is neither all fun and games nor constant drudgery. It's a mix of challenges and rewards, requiring resilience, flexibility, and a healthy dose of self-care.


There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t feel a sense of gratitude for both parts of my life. To not say that it takes work would be a lie, but it’s always worth it.

 

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