Ways for Single Parents to Get Alone Time

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For single parents, having time to yourself, either with friends or alone, is crucial for your peace of mind. If you're raising kids without a partner, you may be trying to play the role of mom and dad, which can undoubtedly be taxing at times. Here are some tips to help you get some restorative, much-needed quality time for yourself.
Set Boundaries
Make your room your safe haven. It’s your space, so it shouldn’t have to automatically be another family room. It’s one-hundred percent okay to want some time to yourself.
Enroll in a Family-Friendly Gym
A number of gyms have on-site child care included with a membership. In the gym, you can focus on you completely, and work off a lot of the stress that you’ve accumulated.
Take a Night Off
Sometimes, you just need to hire a babysitter and go out on the town. Have a night to yourself. You never know who you might meet or what kind of memories you’ll make.
Create Family Bonding Time
It’s important that your children have close ties with the other members of your family. Consider taking them to see Grandma, or their aunt or uncle, and you can take a book and relax in the backyard for a little while. It’s a win for you and a win for them.
Plan Parent Play Dates
Kids tend to get along well with their parent’s friend’s children. Schedule family playdates where the kids can take time to play, where you and your friend get to chat about whatever is on your minds.
Find an Indoor Playground
There are many places for children that are safe and enclosed, where you don’t necessarily have to keep an eye on the little ones at all times. Bring a great book or something to do while they tire themselves out.
Spend Your Lunch Hour Wisely
Rather than spending your lunch hour eating at your desk, consider taking a walk. Get out of the office and into nature. Take some introspective time to recover from the day, week, or even month.
It’s true - you really do matter. Don’t ever forget to take the time to consider yourself. No one should have to feel guilty about taking time for themselves, no matter what the circumstances. It’s completely natural, and not to mention beneficial to your health.

By: Tim Milles

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