"I think (#6) deserves presents because he always has a way to smile that mostly isn't disgusting." - Love, #5
When my husband didn't pick up "my" mental and physical load, I felt like he was telling me that these tasks were beneath him. I didn't get a free night out; I only postponed the work I would have had to do anyway. As a "bonus", it's my fault because I didn't tell
In all honesty, if you want peaceful mornings (on most days), then you have to take responsibility for them. Any good coach will tell you that you can't expect greatness from your players if you don't do tough work yourself. This is what we do to survive mornings...
While it is important to live in the present, we should also remember what it was like when everything was wonderous, when you were vulnerable in the big wide world, and when you were unsure of your place in the world.
My mom lifted the 2 month old up so that he was in my dad's direct line of vision. She said, "Would you be working right now if you didn't have ALS?" My dad blinked, to indicate Yes. She continued, "I would be working too. Then we both would have missed out on all this."
What are you giving up for Lent? This question floats around my family every February as much as "What do you want for Christmas" does in December. Ideally, the small spiritual changes that we get into the habit of doing these 40 days of Lent become lifetime habits.
Some days it seems like I spend more time in my car (shuttling kids around) than out of it, so I need to do what I can with the time & place I have. My point is, I've learned the importance of using car time wisely.
My favorite thing about the game was playing as a team with my kids to complete certain objectives. This means everyone is involved all of the time, instead of always waiting for a turn.
Achieving any goal means going in with the right game plan. So use the tips in this post to forge your strategy for single-parenting success. You'll appreciate the edge these ideas can give you, and for that matter, so will your kids.
DIY projects are healthy, creative exercises for your children which will teach them to cherish work more than the thing itself.