I don't know how she does it! .....no really, please tell me...
December 17, 2013 9:46 AM Subscribe
As I mentioned in this question
, I'm a single mom of an 8 month old. My question in a nutshell is, how in the hell do working single parents do it?
posted by argyle dreams to Human Relations (23 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I have chronic pain and fibromyalgia but need to work so am currently looking for a job. My daughter will be in day care probably 4.5 days a week once I start working. I'm focused on finding a true 9-5 job, so what I need help with is mornings and evenings. At this point I can't imagine getting myself ready for work and my daughter ready for daycare by a reasonable time in the morning!
I've looked around and a lot of advice centers on getting everything done in the evening. If I can I will definitely be doing that. The struggle for me is that I am so tired and usually in pain by the end of the day. Am I destined to shower at night? If I don't shower in the morning I don't feel fully awake. I've heard of having a sitter/nanny in the morning - how common is that? It doesn't seem like a great gig for the nanny, so I wonder how hard it is to find someone.
My daughter is fine on her own for a little while in the morning but I don't think for long enough for me to get ready. I have an exersaucer and that helps too. It just sounds so overwhelming!
My daughter's father is in school, works and volunteers so his available time is limited. I support the direction he's moving in, which will eventually result in more child support, so I'm not interested in having him reduce his other obligations in order to help. He will have her overnight on Sundays and Tuesdays so I'll have two "free" weekday mornings and one "free" weekday evening.
Single parents, parents with partners who travel often, tell me your secrets!