how do you deal with the stress of a 2ys old and being a single parent

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Mildred - posted on 08/28/2012

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2 year olds are tough, no matter how many adults they have caring for them! But there are several things you can do to help yourself stay sane!

1. Know that "this too shall pass". No kid stays 2 forever and you just have to take one day (hour or minute) at a time. And a BIG part of this is to take time to enjoy the good moments. You don't want to wake up in 3 years (or 5 or 15) and realize your child has grown up and you don't remember any fun/cute/funny moments with him!

2. Don't get caught in the trap of thinking you have it bad because you're a single parent. It is what it is and you just have to deal with it. Trust me, inviting another adult into your bed and your life to avoid singleness is NOT the answer!

3. Start the way you want to end. By that I mean, don't give in to little things because you're tired or lonely or just don't want to face a temper tantrum. Make your no mean no and stick with it. Be consistent, be gentle but firm. Every minute you spend setting and maintaining his boundaries now will save you hours of grief down the road.

4. Find help. Whether that means your mom, a friend, a paid babysitter - make sure you occasionally get a break. Use that time to do something positive for yourself... read an uplifting book, watch a funny movie, hang out with encouraging friends.



I could expand on all of those and probably give you other ideas, but I'm sure there will be others to give you some great tips.

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