Having a child of your own is not at all an easy job – it takes a lot of guts, energy, hard work and so much more before you can call yourself a mature and successful parent. Just imagine how harder it can get for single moms, being left alone with no one to count on. You have to work for your living, take care of your kid and of the house all by yourself.
Truth be told, being a single mom with no family is quite a challenge. How do you survive? Can you even get back up after what you may consider as the hardest fall of your life? Whether you just came out of a stressful divorce or perhaps the father of your child just decided to abandon you and leave you for good, here are some survival tips that you can pick up and remember while getting by.
What you can do
1. Start moving forward
By this time, you have probably undergone the process of blaming yourself and feeling so bad about the split or the divorce you just went through. Whether it is really your fault or not, there is no longer a necessity to cry over spilt milk and think of what could have been. Though it is always easier said than done, as they say, it won’t hurt if you would start thinking of moving forward and leaving everything behind. By doing this you can then be at peace with your past and the present, too. It does not have to be a quick process, because obviously it is not and it will never be. Learn to give yourself the time and space that you need to think things over and hopefully it can enlighten you and lead you to a more positive path.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Though you are now on your own, this does not have to essentially mean that you no longer can ask help from other people. Even when you no longer have a family to depend on, remember that you still have your friends and other relatives to consider as your family. More importantly, you have your kid with you, which reminds you that you are not alone and that you and your kid can still be a family if you want to. There is nothing wrong with asking for help especially if you are just starting anew. This can also be a good way to rekindle your relationship with the people around you and to also re-establish your communication with them.
3. Keep yourself busy
With everything that has happened, you are surely having a lot of emotions and often in the verge of crying or breaking down. Things like this cannot be helped, but you can do something about it if you really want to. The best thing that you can do is to keep yourself busy – in a good way. You can focus more on your job and try your best to do better. You can also spend more quality time with your kid and at the same time keep your bond even more alive and stronger. Some single moms would join support groups and discussions just so they can stay busy and positive. If you are at home, try not to just sit in one corner and think about a lot of things. You can redecorate your house, clean your bedroom, rearrange the furniture or maybe start building a greenhouse or a garden if you have the space. Come up with anything useful so you can keep yourself busy and occupied.
4. Focus on your kids, but don’t forget about yourself, too
Now that you are a single mom with no family, you are surely planning to prioritize the welfare of your kids and what you can do to make them feel safe and secure even without a dad at home. There is nothing wrong with that, in fact, it is a good thinking. But then, make sure you are not forgetting about your own sake, too. Even when you are too busy with work and other stuff, remember that you also need some alone time to enjoy and to relax. This will help you stay organized and peaceful despite all the challenges and hardships of being a single mom.
Life as a single mom
At first you may think that being a single mom is probably the worst thing that can happen to anyone, but as days go by, you will realize that it can get better. It is not easy but when you are able to get by, you will realize how rewarding and self-fulfilling it can be, especially when you start to see your kids happy and contented despite everything that has happened. At the end of it all, you will turn out to be a strong, independent and motivated woman that any mother would wish to be.