Work is done, mom is tired and now you prepare yourself for your “Second”job. Dinner, baths, homework, chores, and bedtime. All in a (long) day’s work. There is much to do when your day job is over as you struggle to find your next surge of strength and energy.
I have mentioned this idea before, but it bears repeating. A simple family walk can do wonders for the children, and yourself too. It is a great source of exercise for everyone, but it also clears your mind, literally, opens up those stuffy passages, and gives you that great boost of oxygen that can help keep your stresses at bay, at least for the rest of that day.
We called it the Family Walk, when my kids were younger. Everyone had to participate. My kids actually looked forward to these walks and it became a good, positive activity to do together. As they got older, it was an opportunity to share discussions about school, events, their personal feelings and challenges. Walking side by side and talking, gave all of us the chance to be heard, with less judgment or criticism. Sometimes, taking yourselves outside, can be just the transformation that is needed. A different view, can often bring a different perspective, and even perhaps a brighter outlook.
You have this hard, difficult life as a single mom. It is important to find a way, a simple, easy way to connect, engage your family and nurture the positive qualities in each family member. Sometimes doing this as a unit, a whole, helps support everyone’s frustrations, and concerns. The goal is to help create an outlet, an affordable one, that encourages fun and valuable time spent together, as a family.
Article by Laurie Cesario-Overton