Being able to cope with child free days as a single parent has been something I have struggled with in the past. I am so used to spending my days tending to the needs of S and H, with very little time for myself. This has meant that having these couple of days worth of free time each month is a bit of a shock to the system. I have so much I want to do with that time. I enjoy the peace and quiet, with no one to run about after but I am often lacking in motivation to do anything for myself. I think that I feel like this time is out of routine for me and I’m often so exhausted by the build up to these weekends that I have, on occasion, not coped well with the time on my own.
I experience a mixture of feelings on these child free days as a single parent. I start off by relaxing, having a cup of hot tea in the peace and quiet, snuggled up with Floppy dog. I then tend to somehow think that this is a waste of my free time and that I should be doing something productive. I proceed to get overwhelmed by the amount of things I want to fit into those hours while battling with the need to actually have a rest. I am sure I’m not the only single parent to feel like this.
As the years have gone by, I have got myself into a better frame of mind with it all and am able to cope much better with this lately. Here are some of the things I have done to help to cope with these child free days as a single parent. Continue reading How to cope with child free days as a single parent