I’m a single parent of two wonderful teenage boys and I guess you could say I’m an old pro!! 12 years experience of raising them and financially doing it alone. I’ve managed to creatively bring them up to believe in themselves, work hard and feel good! Sitting here this evening I feel like I’m still climbing Everest in worn out climbing boots! resting on a ledge! 😐 I simply want to share that the journey is long and such a challenge and I work hard physically and emotionally every single day to get it as right as I can, and even though it’s exhausting I know it’s all worth it and also I know how lucky I am to live in a house with running water, a roof and a safe city outside the door…we have much more than many struggling families in the world! Keep on keeping on! there is a silver lining. Take care of yourselves primarily and your children see this and learn it too. Im very tired and hope that in sharing I may help me and you. Good night
Hi, thanks for the share… I don’t quite feel like I’ve made it yet….I guess we are always parents! But I’ve reached a stage where I know they are headed in the right direction (hopefully) What gives you strength and support ? Just interested to know…. keep up the Great work and may the force be with you! 🙂
Sounds like you’ve made it… teenagers on the right path is a huge achievement (in my eyes). If you’ve brought them up by yourself all that time and they have a good grounding for the future, that’s the best thing a parent can do.
I guess for me strength comes from wanting to show I can do it but most importantly making sure the boys know the value of life, family, money and being happy.
They’d say me watching Star Wars with them will make them happy, not started that journey yet 😂. May the force be with you also!
Haha ljflyingsolo, that made me laugh (the star wars ref). Chapters I saw your entry earlier and thought I’m in the same place as you, I feel really proud of what we’re achieving. I’ve got 3 really good kids (not perfect, they are kids) and I think it comes with parental stability. When you’re ok with where you’re at in life, you can guide them better. I’m not sure we’ve ever completely made it though, I think each age, from baby to adult, is going to come with various challenges, but certainly if you get the foundations right we’re doing a great job!
Yeah I agree, we are doing a great job and somehow that knowledge keeps you going I think! When things are tough and funds are low sometimes what you are left with is the bare roots of your family and the more energy you put in to loving them and as you say showing them values and stability is what matters more than anything! Thank you for your wise words😊