By: Guest Blogger, Raquel Masco
With all we do as single moms (And all moms for that matter!), it's a juggling act to fit everything in while maintaining balance in our lives. In my case, it hasn't always been easy, but I've learned some things over the past 16 years as a single mother, and I'm honored to be able to share a few with you. So take heart! Even though it's a juggling act, you don't have to be a pro magician to make these tips work.
Tip#1: Make Time for "Me" Time. Yes, I know it sounds selfish, but when I set aside an hour every morning to "just be" (no work), I'm more relaxed and I want to make the time for my son.
Tip#2: Be Okay with Saying No. As women, we tend to think we have to be everything to everyone. We don't. Say no to those activities that are not urgent. The show will go on without you, and you will go on without the show. Your kids will feel like the priority you're making them.
Tip#3: Make the most of the "in-between" moments. I like to make the most of the time I spend in the car driving my kids to school, or the time spent at home before dinner or church. My son and I talk about anything and everything. We sing and dance along to the radio, and we simply enjoy each other's company. Learn to recognize your own "in-between" moments!
Tip#4: Set aside a Saturday (or any day) on the calendar for "Tre Day". Actually, Tre is my son, so you'll have to insert your own child's name above--or call it whatever you want! The important thing is to have fun together. Setting aside a whole day to just hangout, go to museums, the movies, or the park is a wonderful bonding experience that isn't at all rushed.
So there you have it! You can do this. You CAN have a career and be a loving, present mom in the lives of your children.
Wishing you all the best,
Are you a busy mom? I'd love to hear about how you make time for quality time with your kids!.
Raquel Masco is a former Head Start Home Visitor who has worked in early childhood education for over 10 years. Raquel currently owns Sunrise Events and Errands, an errand-running, event, and wedding planning service, and is an active member of Covenant Family Church in College Station, TX where she serves on the praise team and facilitates the Single Moms Lifegroup. Raquel is also the CEO and Co-Founder of a non-profit for single moms, CREATED4CHANGE. Raquel enjoys blogging and acting in community theater and with other organizations around town. She is the proud mother of Treven, a wonderful and active teenage boy who teaches her and blesses her more than she can say.You can read Raquel's blog here, and follow her on Twitter @rockieone.