Wine Country Mom

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Mixing families and raising teens/tweens - where words come out in grunts, shoes are lost on the top of the school, baseball rules our lives, pennies are pinched, and life is crazy. In other words, everything is wonderful.

Crissi is a winner of Top 25 Blogs on Single Parenting

The Most Rewarding Part About Being a Single Parent

While it's true that time can be a constraint in a single parent family, I find that I actually get better quality time with my kids. They don't have to compete for my attention, and we get lots of hang out time. There has been many a Friday night when my perfect evening was snuggled with two kids on the couch while we watched a movie we may have seen at least 10 times already. I feel that this has really helped strengthen our bond, and has been a major help in our transition to the blended family we have now.

A Piece of Advice for Other Single Parents

Teach your kids how to help out around the house as early as possible. Teach them how to do laundry, to wash their dishes, put things away, clean the bathroom...all those things that you'd be left doing on your own otherwise. And make those chores a daily habit for them. With only one pair of adult hands, there's a lot to do in a single parent house. But you'd be amazed at how much kids are capable of early on, and how, when on a schedule, they can actually save you a ton of time and energy so you don't have to do it all.

What special skills do single moms have that new moms would benefit from knowing?

Crissi Dillon

Creating a budget was always my best skill in single parenting. And not just with money. Everything, from time to expenses to chores, is limited in a single parent home. You have to plan your meals out for the week to create your grocery shopping list. You have to subtract your bills from your paycheck before they are due so you know what's left over. You have to organize help from the kids so that everything gets done. You have to be honest with yourself about what you are capable of, what you need to let go of, and what you are going to need to ask help over. And you can't slack off or it builds up against what you have available. Single parenting is a really hard job, but with planning - and budgeting - you can get anything done. Oh, and you'll look like superwoman while you're doing it. :-)
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