God knows that being a single parent has its challenges. I so often feel like the guy who showed up for a doubles match in tennis, only to find out that his partner couldn’t make it. You better be quick on your feet and anticipate the next move if you are going to be successful.
I have written before that, in my opinion, the most difficult part of being a single parent is finding the time to get everything done. We love our children, and hopefully we are there for them. But too often we neglect our own needs in the process. I may not always be able to control my free time, but there are certain things that I can control. I have come up with a list of ten things that just make me feel good. The list is in no particular order. I hope that it will provide you with the inspiration you may need to just feel good.
- Listening to my kids talk about their day. I mean really listening. Face to face, eye to eye and without distractions.
- Getting up at 4:30 a.m. and working out.
- Grounding my son when he doesn’t turn in his homework. This one really makes me feel good.
- Braiding my daughter’s hair.
- Reminding my kids of how much their mother loved them, and of all the wonderful qualities they received from her.
- Doing something for the less fortunate on the spur of the moment.
- Telling my kids that I love them.
- Allowing them to fail and then watching with pride as they learn from it.
- Going to church and thanking God for this gift that he has given me.
- Calling an old friend just to say hi.