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Combat Daily Stress as a Single Parent

Give Yourself a Fresh Start When You Need One


Everyone is subject to having “one of those days” now and then. Moments of daily stress, when your kids are getting on your last nerve, or you wish you could turn your entire household over to someone else for an hour, certainly aren't limited to single parents. However, these occasions are more difficult to manage when there isn't another adult in the house to temporarily "take over" for you.

The next time you feel like you're just about ready to scream, try one of these quick suggestions:

  • Grab your kids in a bear hug!

  • Get on the floor and play a board game together.

  • Turn on some music and dance.

  • Take a family walk.

  • Put yourself in “Time Out” for a few minutes, even if this means closing yourself in the bathroom for a quick breather.

  • Rearrange your routine. Do something backwards. Have desert before dinner or serve pancakes and eggs as the evening meal. Doing something silly like this can be just what you needed to jump start a little family fun and togetherness.

  • Take turns giving yourself and your kids a pedicure or facial. (Your kids will think it's hysterical to see you wearing a face mask!)

  • Deal with daily stress by spending some time each evening reading a chapter book out loud with your kids.

  • Tackle your surroundings. Give each family member a set of chores to do, and work together. When the house is clean an hour from now, you just might feel a lot better.

  • Cope with daily stress by giving yourself permission to be less than perfect. Allowing your kids to see the real you—warts and all—will free them from unrealistic expectations and the weight of perfectionism, too.

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