How do single parents do it?Last night I was feeling miserable, so I took to the bed, Lemsip in hand, and this morning Charlie and his parents took Little Man off to feed the ducks and then explore the local market, while I slept and slept. At 11am, I finally dragged myself out of bed feeling much better. After all 11am is a five hour lie-in for me!
But if I hadn’t had Charlie there, the fact that I was feeling rotten would have had no bearing on Little Man’s need to get up at the crack of dawn. And there’d have been no lie-in…I’d have had no choice but to get up and get on with it. I really don’t know how single parents do it.
This parenting lark is hard enough when there’s someone else there to help. Being a single parent must be no joke. Right now, we make it through sleepless weeks by only being on “ups” every second night. That way, even if I am up half the night, or have to check on Little Man every hour, at least I know that I have an unbroken night’s sleep ahead of me the following night. That knowledge gives me the energy to keep going, and it keeps me sane!
So this is just a little note to all the single parents out there who manage to keep their kids fed, and healthy, and clean, and still keep a smile on their faces…what you do is no small feat! And this is just a little acknowledgment of how amazing you are!