6 Tips for Solo Parenting With Anxiety

Solo Parenting With Anxiety

6 Tips for Solo Parenting With Anxiety I hate solo parenting. I hate being the only parent in the house. I love having my husband there. Yes, I love having someone else that can help with the kids, but I also like having that other person to bounce ideas off of or to work through problems with. When he is gone, solo parenting gets to me. My anxiety goes up, and that makes solo parenting even harder than it could be. Over the years, I have found ways to make this part of military life easier for myself. I have …

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It Doesn’t Matter if You Have Small Children, Your Husband Still Has to Go

It Doesn't Matter if You Have Small Children, Your Husband Still Has to Go

It Doesn’t Matter if You Have Small Children, Your Husband Still Has to Go Raising children is one of those things you can’t plan for. You can decide when you want to start having children, but you don’t know when they will come, how many you will have, and what their personalities might be. One baby could be extra fussy and the other quieter. Your easy baby could become a difficult toddler and throw you off your game. As a military spouse, military life can bring extra challenges. You might wonder if your husband will even be there for the …

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19 Solo Parenting Hacks to Use the Next Time Your Spouse Deploys

19 Solo Parenting Hacks to Use the Next Time Your Spouse Deploys

19 Solo Parenting Hacks to Use the Next Time Your Spouse Deploys Solo parenting is the pits. Being the only adult in charge can be challenging. Luckily, there are ways to make solo parenting a little bit easier. Here are some solo parenting hacks to use the next time your spouse deploys, or even just goes away for any amount of time. 1. Meal prep Planning out your meals is always a good idea. Then, when dinnertime comes around, you won’t be struggling with what to make. This will also save you money each week too. 2. Use your village …

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To the Military Spouse Who is Solo Parenting for the First Time

To the Military Spouse Who is Solo Parenting for the First Time

To the Military Spouse Who is Solo Parenting for the First Time My son was 13 months old when my husband left for Germany to start his Army career, leaving us behind in Kentucky to join him as soon as possible. Other than a trip to my parent’s house when my son was five months old, my husband had always been around to co-parent with me. Then he was gone, across the ocean and I became a solo parent. I was lucky. At that time I would put my son down at 7 pm and he would sleep until 7 am. …

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The Reality of Solo Parenting

The Reality of Solo Parenting

You know that your spouse will have to be away from you when they join the Military. You know that you will have to be alone with the kids. However, nothing can ever prepare you for what solo parenting will be like, how you will be able to handle the time away from your spouse and how hard it will be when they have to leave for months at a time. The reality of solo parenting is that it will be one of the hardest things you will ever have to go through. November 2005. That was the first time I …

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5 Reasons Why Summer Gets Difficult When You Are Solo Parenting

5 Reasons Why Summer Gets Difficult When You Are Solo Parenting

I have spent many summers without my husband. I was thinking this morning of the different ways not having your husband home during the summer can make life more difficult than it normally would be. Since my husband is going to be home for a few days during the summer, I am reminded of what I am able to do just because here is here and what I have to do when he isn’t. I am reminded of deployment years and those summers and how difficult they became because I was solo parenting. I have learned to make the summer …

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7 Activities You Can Do With Your Kids When Your Spouse Isn’t Home On The Weekend

7 Activities You Can Do With Your Kids When Your Spouse Isn't Home On The Weekend

  When my husband is gone during the work week, it is usually fine. Unless I have a really bad day or something like that, I can usually get through it with out a lot crying or feeling too lonely. I am pretty busy with the boys, work, and the house. I can feel as if I have this solo parenting thing down pat. The weekends are another story. Having your husband gone during the weekends whether they are deployed, gone for training, CQ or have a job that takes them away is very difficult. What works during the week might …

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5 Things I Have Learned During My Time As A Solo Parent

5 Things I Have Learned During My Time As A Solo Parent

It was mid 2005. My husband had just gone to a recruiter for the Army reserves. We walked out of the place and said, “Nope, that isn’t going to be an option for us.” One reason was because he would have to drive a few hours to get to his drills. Another reason was that I would have to be a solo parent and I couldn’t imagine it. I laugh at my old self. Back then I had one little boy who wasn’t even a year old yet. I really didn’t think I could handle it. It sounded awful. Just …

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The Difficulties of Solo Parenting

I have heard it said that Military wives or any wife whose husband has to go away for work should not call themselves a single mom. I agree with this. We are not single moms. We do however go through periods of time as a solo parent. It could be weeks or it could be months or even a year or longer. Being a solo parent means you are responsible for everything in the house having to do with the kids from day-to-day to the big decisions. This might depend on where your husband might be at the moment and …

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When You Have To Fill The Role Of Mom And Dad

When You Have To Fill The Role Of Mom And Dad

One reality of being a military wife is that for periods of time I have to be both mom and dad.  I have to do it all.  And that can be really really hard.  I have had to make a lot of decisions that other couples might make together.  And then I get to tell daddy after the fact. This is because of schedules and what he has been doing while overseas. While I could talk with him it was hard to ask him about what I should do when it came to the kids. It was easier to just …

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