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‘Being sick but still needing to parent’: Single parents talk about their challenges

"You just get on with it. If you get sick, you get sick. The dishes and clothes won't wash themselves and the kids can't take themselves to school," said a single parent.

By: Parenting Desk | Updated: December 9, 2019 8:24:56 am
single parent challenges Single parents have to cope with a lot of challenges. (Source: Getty Images)

From working, doing chores to parenting, there is a lot to manage for a single parent. Not to mention how exhausting that can be, to be on their toes constantly without a break. On a Reddit thread, single parents talked about the most difficult thing about raising kids. Here’s what they said:

1. “You just get on with it. If you get sick, you get sick. The dishes and clothes won’t wash themselves and the kids can’t take themselves to school!” -UltraFab

2. “The hardest part for me is when my son needs me but I am emotionally and physically drained and have to fake it until he’s asleep and I can have a quiet breakdown and reset.” -UnsocialablySocial

3. “Probably this – being sick but still needing to parent. Hiring a babysitter so I can sleep for three hours in the afternoon to try to get over an illness. It felt like the worst choice ever but my kid was climbing the walls and I needed a nap.” -REGreycastle

4. “If you are a parent of multiple kids it can feel like it’s three vs one and everything coming at you all at once. I try to take things a step at a time. Each child is different so it’s a matter of learning to adapt.” -InspoFamily

5. “The worst part is having a dead beat as a co-parent.” -lewdtenantroastabih

6. “For me, it’s been seeing things that my son’s done, being really proud of those things and having no one but myself to share them with.” -momstheuniverse

7. “I never really stopped long enough to think about how hard it was. I didn’t have time. I was more worried about making enough for rent and food and keeping my old car on the road so I could do those things.” -Cealdi

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