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Being a single mom is not for the faint of heart. Single moms have to juggle the role of both parents while still being successful in their career, juggle kids and learn how to co-parent with their ex. Being a single mom is full of extremely difficult times that can leave you crying in bed late at night. While single moms truly do have it tough quite often, there are ways to stay motivated.
Often times single moms feel like they have to do way more than they really need to. When you find yourself as a single mom, raising kids all alone, you will need to readjust your priorities. Learn to lower your expectations, alleviate tasks that really don’t need to be added to your plate and remember that single moms do not have to be super woman. Let go of the stigma that you have to do everything at once, readjust priorities and learn to say no more often.
Take Time to Be You
Whether you think that you have time or not, you can create time to be you. Consider learning a new hobby, reading a book or making time each night to relax in a hot bath tub. Learn to find ways that you can enjoy the company of yourself. After the kids are asleep in bed, make it a routine that you do something for yourself that helps relax you from the day full of responsibilities. Whatever makes you feel at ease and happy, do it every night.
It’s Okay to Fail
Don’t be so hard on yourself. Single moms will give themselves such a hard time for not doing everything just right or for raising their voice at their kids. It’s okay to fail. It’s okay to make these parental mistakes that even non single moms make. Remember you are one human being with a specific level of patience and one human can only handle so much. Forgive yourself quickly and move on to try harder next time around.
Know What Matters
Now that you are a single mom you may not be able to buy your kids everything they want, but you certainly can work to give them everything they need. Learn to know what matters and what doesn’t matter, your kids will adapt as time goes on. It’s perfectly okay to set a budget and stick with it, besides doing this can also open the doors for you to teach your kids about being financially savvy. You don’t have to spend money to form a bond with your kids, simply spend time with them.
Hopefully each of these motivation tips for single moms leaves you feeling a bit more at ease, confident and ready to move forward in your journey as a single mom. Life will be tough and times will get challenging but that’s okay, you got this!