I Survived Solo Parenting Week!

It’s Friday! Which means my husband is due home after a week in Sydney and my stint of solo parenting will be at an end.

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It’s been an interesting week and I have learned a lot from it:

  • When you’re outnumbered 3:1 you just have to do what you can to survive and there’s no point feeling guilty about it.
  • With that in mind it is okay to bribe your kids with Maccas in order to get them to finish their school assignments on time.
  • Next time around we need to start on the school assignments a little bit earlier than at the last minute.
  • Pick your battles – I’ve let Gilbert sleep on the lounge all week as he has been having trouble sleeping in his new room for some time now. We’ll work on getting him back in there but while he’s missing his dad and feeling anxious about the change there really is no point fighting that battle.
  • On my own, I’m obviously not much of a TV watcher. Usually my husband and I sit together on the lounge each evening with our matching iPads and watch a bit of telly to unwind. Apart from catching The Amazing Race Australia last night, I haven’t watched much of anything.
  • Instead of watching TV, I’ve been on the computer each evening (soaking up every moment of having it to myself!) and getting on top of the blog. Finally.
  • I am considering a digital detox this weekend to recover from this week’s digital bender!
  • I’m looking forward to going to Disney on Ice tonight although the timing with my husband’s return is not ideal…
  • I can’t wait to finally have him home again.
  • I am in total awe of all those parents who solo parent either through choice or circumstance. Hats off to you for managing to do this day in, day out.


Linking up with Dorothy from Singular Insanity for Things I Know – please pop on over and share what you have learned this week too!

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8 Responses

  1. LOL! Sorry, but you are so right – you do what you have to do to survive. That is my mantra. I’ve only got the two against one of me, but it’s 24/7, so we’re constantly in “getting by” mode. Although with time, I have learnt lots of strategies, particularly about coping with the emotional drain.

    Enjoy Disney on Ice!

    Thanks for linking up this week 🙂
    Dorothy @ Singular Insanity recently posted..Things I Know – Love and Glasses

    • Kirsty says:

      I must say I was thinking about you Dorothy when writing this. I hope it wasn’t too flippant as I truly do feel for you and others who do this day in day out.

      Disney on Ice was awesome. It was only Matilda and I but we had a rare and lovely mother daughter evening together – it was a lot of fun!

  2. kelli says:

    i am a big fan of picking my battles (especially as a single parent). I find that we don’t have many battles at all when you break it down to what really is important
    kelli recently posted..Things I know

    • Kirsty says:

      I think you’re right Kelli. It is about picking the important battles as it would be impossible otherwise. When you break things down they are often not that difficult at all – something that I do have to try for more often!

  3. Me says:

    I am totally with you on picking your battles – we do that even when we are both at home !!! A has been working away from home a lot and I miss him heaps when he isn’t here although it is a little easier for me now as K is 20yo and so pretty much self sufficient – we do get to do lots of girls stuff when he is away which is great as she won’t be around the house forever !!
    Enjoy having your husband home.
    Have a fantastic weekend !
    Love, hugs and positive energy.
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    • Kirsty says:

      It was definitely one of those weeks where it was wiser and easier to go with the flow with the kids. Now my husband is home I’m hoping we can get back into some sort of routine!

  4. Congratulations on making it through! Although we know we can do it, it’s much nicer having them there, isn’t it! 🙂
    Tracey @ Bliss Amongst Chaos recently posted..Photo A Day June ~ Day 22

    • Kirsty says:

      It definitely is Tracey. I’m under less pressure now my husband is here again and feeling all the better for it!

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