Agast! Summer vacay is over!

The summer is over and school is about to begin, yay?

If you are anything like me, it is NOT a yay. The school year drives me crazy! Waking up at the crack of dawn, ironing school clothes, preparing healthy breakfasts and packing lunch bags, buying school supplies, hunting for those .50 crayons, meeting new teachers, praying for the right teachers, PTA meetings, loading up school lunch accounts, after school clubs, after school program period, projects, assignments and gossip….. WHOO!

The summer time was waay easier. Today, I cooked. It was the first time I cooked in about 2 months. And I did it, not because I had a dying urge to eat some particular food or because I felt like it. I did it because I felt like it was maternal duty to prepare a nutricious and healthy meal for the kids to make sure they eat appropriately or….. just in case their teacher asks, what did you eat for dinner tonight.

All jokes aside, the only way to survive successfully through another school year doing it solo is planning. Plan, plan and plan some more to succeed. You may have been able to scoot on by here and there with one kid without a plan, but with more than 1 its not going to work as smoothly!

Totally unrelated quote, but its my quote of the day:

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.
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Single Parent Dating Tips

So you are single, you are a parent and you want a date. Anyone who is single with a kid knows that this isn’t as simple as it sounds. If you have been in the dating circuit for some time now I would suggest that you start to think outside of the box.

That means lower you standards, right? Wrong! Thinking outside the box means stop fantasizing about the guy at work who drives a Mustang covertable, works out 5 times a week and is totally into himself. Hey, even if he got into you there’s no room for your kid in that 2 seater sports car. Stop hovering over the chick who hangs out with your sister who is gorgeous and only dates ballers, who has been in enough breakups to run a WORLWIDE marathon and makes that frowning face when she sees small infants drool. Yea chances are, your pockets aren’t that deep and your kid breaking something in her home may be grounds for a civil suit.

Im sure you know at least one person who doesn’t date people with kids. My biggest piece of advice for single parents who are dating is to begin to look for other single parents who are looking to date too. Dating another single parent is the easiest way to meet a mate who not only has understanding about what it takes to be a parent, but a group of people who have heard those classic lines before “I dont date people with kids”. They can relate to the last minute cancellations and issues that come up when kids are a part of the dating equation. In the words of my son’s favorite cartoon “Try it, you may like it”.

Welcome!

Welcome to singleparent-advice.com! This is your new resource for information, tips and dating advice for single parent success. Its hard trying to raise a child or children by yourself, but this blog has been created to give a little extra boost of help and advice along the way. I had been a single parent for 6 years before I got married and retired out of single parenthood. However, I soon realized, I wasn’t retired!!! Even while married, I still lived the single parent life! I went to PTA meetings alone, I still disciplined my child with no assistance, I was the sole emotional go-to-parent and I still was the only educator. I had married a work-a-holic. Needless to say, a few years later, I was a single parent again. So I have compiled and listed different topics that are interesting, information and beneficial for single parents and parents in general. Enjoy!