Raising a child on your own brings with it many challenges, and without your partner to spread the load, everything falls on you, and more often that not, you also have a career to revive. The first year is basically a question of providing, and once your child reaches toddler status, things start to warm up. Obviously, you have a routine with your child, but when they suddenly become mobile, the young child’s natural instinct is to explore, and while this is perfectly healthy, it doesn’t mean they get a free run of the house. If your child has mastered the art of walking, here are some very useful tips on making your life a lot easier.
Invest in a Playpen
You simply must have some kind of physical barrier that limits junior, and a playpen is designed to safely contain the child, while providing high interest distractions. Bells, buttons, dials and levers are all cleverly featured in a modern playpen, and while you do want to accompany your child around the house at times, there are other times when you simply don’t have the time to play. A playpen and the right toys will give you that valuable time to do the housework, along with all the other tasks a single mum is burdened with. Make sure that your child has adequate toys to keep them occupied, and by using a playpen, you are safely containing your offspring, at least for a while. If you would like some useful tips on how to toddlerproof your home, there is a great article that is packed with good ideas.
Day Care Centre
In order to get your career back on track, you will need to source a local child care centre, and if I was looking for a kindergarten near me, Google would be my first choice. There are first rate early learning centres in Melbourne and Sydney where your child can safely explore the world around them, and begin to acquire those essential social skills, and if you choose a day care centre that is well established, you will have peace of mind and can focus on relaunching your career. You really do need to visit the centre before making a decision, and look for a clean and safe environment where the kids are actually having fun. The early learning centre should have a soft room, where the kids can release some of that boundless energy, and with a suitable outdoor area and a range of fun based activities, your child will learn how to be with others in a safe and secure environment.
Manage Your Time Well
With a toddler and no partner to share the load, there’s never enough hours in the day, and if ever you need your time management skills, this would be the time to effectively plan your daily schedule. Multi-tasking is an absolute must, and during those precious hours when your child is at the early learning centre, you need to fit everything in. If you are working, that makes it even harder, but mothers instinctively do what they can to provide, and with some careful planning and a few sacrifices, you will be able to run a tight ship.
The few hours per day that you are apart from your child will help you both to develop a stronger relationship, and with clever use of time, you should be able to get your career back on track.
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