can make it in this world. It is a hard feat to overcome being single and only having one income to rely on but it is manageable. How do you balance work and home life when you are raising a child? There are many things you can do to help you make the balance work for you.
First off, you need to prioritize. What is really important to you? Lets hope that your first priority is your child/children. If not, you need to make this your first priority. This will allow everything else to fall into place. Being a single dad will be easier if you make your children number one in your eyes. If your children are in school, make time for their events. If not, schedule a time where you can play with them or just read to them. Always listen to your children. Ask them questions about their day and always let them know that you do care and have it be a rule that you eat together. This is a great time to learn about each other’s day.
Do not be a pushover either with your children. Many single dads
feel that since they are playing both the mother and father role, they have to say yes to everything. This is not so. Single dads need to learn how to say no. You may not feel good doing it, but it is in the best interest of your children. Some day your children will thank you for not giving in all the time. And if you are able to say no, they will not give you as many fits in the future because they will realize that no means no.Single dads
also need to take care of themselves. It is in the best interest of the single dad to stay in tip top shape. Go to the doctor when you need to, get plenty of sleep, eat well, and exercise. If exercise is hard for you to fit into your schedule because you have to pick your children up from daycare or school, then exercise with your kids. Go to the park and toss a football, or have relay races with your kids. You can even workout now with the Xbox with games like “The Biggest Loser” and “Zumba Fitness”. You will be getting the best of two worlds, exercising and spending time with your beloved children. If you are not feeling the best, then you can not take good care of your children. Take great care of yourself so you can give your 100% to your children.
A great option is to join a single dads group
. This can be one you find in your community or online. Just talking to other single dads
and how they get by could help you out tremendously. Many times they may offer a solution to a problem you are having that you may never have thought of. Plus, you can make some “like-minded” friends and that means that more than likely, your child/children can be friends with theirs as well. It would be a win-win situation.Being a single dad
is hard work because you are essentially taking on two roles. Balancing it all out will make your life easier and make your job as a single dad much easier on both you and your children.