Being a single mother calls for a lot of courage. Social taboos, pressure from relatives and parents, loneliness, extra responsibilities of the household and child, can all take a toll on your life. No wonder this can put you in a muddle of depressing thoughts every now and then.
But happiness can also be as easy for you as for other people, only if you are determined to take some time out for yourself and socialize. Here are a few tips how you, as a single mother, can take life a little more lightly by socializing and have some fun time for yourself:
- Do Not Hesitate from Socializing – Shrinking from socializing on the pretext that you have no one to take care of your children in your absence is just not done. Check with your immeidate family, friends or neighbors who can baby-sit for you. Or, try to go out when your children are out of home, like when they have gone for their everyday hobby classes, or something.
- Join Single Moms Forums Online – Be a part of single mom forums online. Interact with other single moms about how they cope with everything. Discuss about babysitting services in the area, meet them if they live closeby, or you may even baby-sit for each other. Being in the same situation, they sure can understand your circumstances well and be your much-needed support in the time of need.
- Pursue Your Hobby – You need not always have to go on a date or meet your friends to socialize. Pursue a hobby. Do not just drain yourself juggling between office and household work. Set a schedule and segregate a few hours only for your happiness.
- Indulge in Budget-Friendly Activities – You definitely did not splurge as much in your college days when your parents used to give you rather limited pocket money. Think about them. Go window shopping with a friend, walk in the park, go to a library or book store, visit clubs during the girl’s night out.
- No Guilty Thoughts – If you take time out for yourself to catch up with your friends or watch a movie, you do not have to feel guilty about it, thinking that you are not entirely dedicated to your kids. Pursue your interests and they will help you stay happy, relaxed, be patient with your kids, and will eventually make you a stronger person.
Brenda Lyttle is a freelance writer and a single mom with a 3-year old daughter.Having a work-at-home makes it doubly mandatory for her to socialize.She commands an authority in writing on parenting, relationships,healthy living ,beauty products online, costume wigs, and other related topics.