While most people may tell you otherwise, being a single parent can be quite an exhilarating experience. From cooking and cleaning, to managing the household and juggling work on the side, you manage all of these tasks while you look after your little ones. It instills in you a sense of strength, bravery, and independence.
Not many people talk about the brighter side of solo parenting and what all can you accomplish as a single parent. Take a look at some of the perks below:
- You are in charge
One of the most important positives of raising a child on your own is that you have the rope. You have the sole responsibility of your child and you will be the only one to take the smallest decision of your munchkin’s life, and the flexibility and freedom that it gives you with your child are truly joyful.
- An extra special bond with your child
There’s nothing that you cherish more than the bond that you have with your munchkin. Being single allows you to focus solely on him/her and build that beautiful relationship. You experience all the firsts of your child, which brings you both closer every moment. Whether it’s a movie night in your bed, a grocery shopping trip or just a lazy afternoon playing dough, the times of “just the two of you” are the times that are the building blocks to an extra special bond.
- Motivation to do better in life
Being a single parent motivates you to fine-tune your finances and further your career because you know you don’t have a partner to fall back on and you also want to be a good role model for your children. This encourages you to put your best foot forward every step of the way. You are prepared to smash through every obstacle that life might throw at you.
- You’re a stronger person
Needless to say, as a single parent you face a lot of challenges. You suffer, you struggle, and you still have to put on a smile on your face for your child. But, the strength that this gives you is a testament to who you are. The entire unnerving experience of single parenting prepares you for all the giants in your life. You develop incredibly thick skin over the years and develop yourself to leap out of the nest.
While it’s important for you and your kid to grow together, you also need to grow individually and independently of each other. Do not forget to give yourself the time and space to breathe and explore.
Here’s a reminder to all the single parents out there- to your mini-me, you’re a rockstar! You might feel tested and exhausted on many days, but these difficult times will give you sweet memories, something to look back on and cherish.
Being a single mom/dad is twice the work, twice the stress, and twice the tears, but also twice the hug, twice the love, and twice the pride.