The Upside to Single Parenting

There’s a lot of negativity attached to single parenting. It’s not ALL bad, though. So I am taking it upon myself to find and share the silver lining.

  1. Nobody else puts money in your bank account-but nobody else is spending it, either.
  2. If I don’t want to, I don’t have to watch football, baseball, basketball, car shows, car crashes, people shooting each other, or shows with unnecessary nearly nude women.
  3. My son and I can eat any time we’re hungry. We had dinner at 3:20 pm yesterday. Then we had big snack later.
  4. You have no idea how much less laundry there is when there are just the two of us. Bonus: no dirty socks in my bathroom sink! (My ex’s favorite dirty sock spot)
  5. If the house is a mess, I at least know for sure that it’s my fault…or Spencer’s.
  6. So many of my friends seem to ask their husbands for permission to do things. I don’t need permission!
  7. If I wanted, I could decorate my room in hot pink Hello Kitty stuff. I don’t want to (anymore….years ago though….) but I could.
  8. I make the rules. I reinforce the rules. There is no going behind my back to dad.
  9. There is a sense of satisfaction knowing that I am doing it on my own. I am making it on my own. I am raising a very sweet, very kind little boy. Alone.
  10. If I want to sit on the couch in big baggy sweatpants and eat ice cream out of the container nobody’s going to stop me…except, hopefully, me…

It’s not all bad, folks. :)

6 thoughts on “The Upside to Single Parenting

  1. Yes, it definitely is not all bad! My parents divorced when I was three years old, and for a while it was just either me and my dad, or me and my mom. There were times when I actually enjoyed being just ‘the two of us.’

    Also, even back when my marriage was not on the rocks as it is now, there were lots of time when I would take some alone trips out of town, just to get away from it all. I’d relish not having to explain why I decided to take a shower at 11 pm at night, or have a full breakfast for supper. I would enjoy those few days, where things would stay exactly as I had left them (an impossibility whenever my husband’s around).

    You are doing great, Kadie! Honestly, single-parenting is so underrated!

  2. Great outlook! As a single parent we do tend to get bogged down with the bad stuff. I always say the best part of being a single Mom is not having to share my kids. I get all the hugs, kisses and snuggles. So worth it! And yes, love making the rules!

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