You may have noticed that the price of school supplies and everything else for that matter is increasing at a rate faster than our wages. If you’re like me, you’re probably looking for ways to stay within your budget as your disposable income shrinks.
When I start to hear those back-to-school commercials on TV and radio or see those advertisements online, my heart sinks. It’s a reminder that the summer is coming to a close and it’s time to change gears to get back into the rat race.
I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly not looking forward to being much busier. As a career mom and grad student, I am personally experiencing the pressures of creating a well-organized planner and schedule to keep my head above water.
When you’re parenting on your own, you need to be a jack of all trades and a master multi-tasker. There isn’t enough time in the day to do everything and you may find yourself exhausted. If your kids are young, it takes a lot of physical energy to keep up with their dynamic, vibrant personalities and if they are adolescents, it takes a lot of emotional strength to manage the challenges they’ll throw at you.
The dating scene is bad enough out there. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of great people to meet, but it takes a while to sift through them all. The dating experience is so time-consuming and as we all know, time is a scarce resource even more so for single parents. But I guess it’s pretty easy to filter through all the date potentials after you tell him that you’re a single parent. That’s usually been my way of scaring people off.
It’s time to put the barbeque grill and the patio set away. Summer is over and school is back in session.
As the labour day weekend concludes, anxiety builds as the first week back in school forces you into high gear. You suddenly find yourself multitasking in double time and performing a difficult juggling act.
It’s a tough gig to be a full-time working parent, let alone a working single parent. However, it’s not so bad if you enjoy the challenge of balancing work and family and love what you do. But for those who don’t feel that their job is personally nor financially rewarding, working full-time outside of the home can be a highly demanding and stressful situation.
You get home from a long day of work – you’re tired and hungry and just want to put your feet up and relax, but you can’t. You have to begin your other full-time job – parenting. You have dinner to cook, homework to complete with kids or diaper to change, dishes and cleaning to do. As a parent, your job really doesn’t end until the kids have been completely settled in bed. Where does a parent begin to define what a balanced life is when we all just strive to get through the day!