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Any way you look at the above numbers, it can be a pretty frightening thought of having to solo parent for 8 months. Parenting with your spouse is daunting enough, but when doing it alone – the stakes are higher.
A recent military separation from my Army National Guard husband made me realize that the hard part wasn’t just the physical task of parenting. With a 9-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl, the emotional and mental aspects were far more exhausting. Everyone is fine until they don’t get their way, one is happy while the other is not. No one can be satisfied with the final decisions made, and asking when daddy will be home 40 times a day hits you hard after a long day of work, running errands, cooking meals and endless activities to keep little minds occupied and hearts happy.
Does solo parenting get easier with time? Probably not, but it doesn’t have to break your spirit. You get wiser with time and learn that it isn’t the end of the world – you learn from your mistakes and pass along little bits of wisdom to others as you continue your journey.
Here are 5 of my own tips learned through solo parenting. You CAN survive while your spouse is away: