If I had known ahead of time how challenging it would be to work full time and raise two children I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have signed up so quickly. But I have enough experience in working with chaos I know I'll get through this too. It's certainly not something you can prepare for! Time has never been so valuable and at long last I'm becoming more patient. I am grateful for so many zen moments! Here's a few things I've learned as a single parent:
- Use Your Words. I got this from my boss. I have a tendency to not know where to start when I'm trying to explain something. Just like my kids. Now instead of saying "Get to the point" I gently say "Use your words." It's so important for my two boys to state clearly what's on their mind and to feel comfortable doing so. I've had one treated for anxiety already which he carried as a stomach ache. I myself will keep things in for eternity and am just learning to speak up and say what I'm feeling. It's my role to set this example and they are my best reminders.
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