Single Parent Round-up: Childcare, weight loss & organisation

single parent round-upHello everyone! How have you all been?

I’m writing my Single Parent Round-up post before heading off to BritMums Live; I’m hoping by the time it’s published I will have met a lot of you (and wowed you with my supreme awesomeness!)

This month I have mostly been… trying not to panic about leaving my daughter with my sister for the weekend so that I can come to BritMums Live. I’ve never left her overnight before, and being a single parent means the entire process is that much more complicated. Luckily for me, both my sister and my daughter are fabulous, and everything will have gone swimmingly! I’d love to know what other single parent bloggers do about childcare though. Do you rely on parents? Friends? Siblings? Do you just never leave the house?

Any way, enough about me and more about the wonderful single parent blogs I’ve been reading.

First up is Lakes Single Mum, who is doing some bonkers Juneathon thing where she runs every day. It’s exhausting to think about, but inspiring to read about. It almost makes me want to get up off the couch and… no, wait, I’ll just read another post about exercise instead.

This post on Looking for Blue Sky really made me think. It’s hard enough to think about what would happen to my daughter if I died before she was old enough to look after herself – but Smiley has disabilities meaning she will always need care. No such sigh of relief when she reaches 18 and can be expected to fend for herself – the worry about dying and abandoning one’s child is always there. How sad we can’t rely on the government and social care for such things.

A more upbeat post was this one from Single Parent Dad with some clever advice for running an efficient family unit. This is not just something that applies to single parents; I’m sure we could all do with taking some of these tips on board! I for one am horribly disorganised with everything – I even turned up for nursery the other day without S’s bag!

This post from Midlife Single Mum really struck a chord with me. It’s not a story I’ve heard about on the news over here, which might have more to do with my lack of exposure to anything more highbrow than Abadas, and hitchhiking is not something I’ve any experience of – but the victim blaming, I’ve lots of experience of that and it stinks.

Kairen at Not Perfect has been finding that she can’t do everything – something all single parents struggle with, but especially those who are also struggling with underlying health conditions. Trying to lose weight on top of all that… well, even people who aren’t single parents and don’t have a health condition struggle with weight loss!

This post from Confessions of a Single Mum was like reading about my own life: the bit about running out of milk for your coffee is something that happens to me all the time, and possibly the one and only time I wish I had a partner living with me – so that I could send them to the shop for supplies!

And finally, since I’m writing this in the week before my very first BritMums Live, here’s a post from Older Single Mum about being a BritMums Live butterfly. There’s a video there too, so you get to see/hear the lovely Anya speaking about being a butterfly!

By the time you read this, BritMums Live will be over and done with for another year. Hard to imagine, after the build-up of us all choosing our outfits and which sessions to attend for the last couple of weeks! If you were there, I hope we met. If you weren’t there… why the heck not?

I will be back next month with more posts from fabulous single parent bloggers.

If you are a single parent blogger and would like to be included in my roundups, please do shout. Or, you know, email or tweet or something more reasonable. I’d love to hear from you!

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About Vicky Charles

Vicky is a 35 year old single mother with a cheeky 4 year old. She lives in Wiltshire and works as a freelance writer and trainer in blogging and social media. She has been a single mother since her daughter was 2 weeks old, and started blogging to try and give voice to her feelings of “lost-at-sea-ness” that all mothers get, but that single mothers often don’t have any company in. In her spare time, she usually develops addictions to dvd box sets and sometimes cleans the living room… but not often.

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4 Responses to Single Parent Round-up: Childcare, weight loss & organisation

  1. Becky @lakessinglemum 22 June 2014 at 10:37 #

    Go on get your trainers on!

  2. Midlife Singlemum 22 June 2014 at 11:53 #

    Thanks for including me Vicky. I shall definitely read some of the others (some I already have read). xxx

  3. Only just had time to catch up with this Vicky – thanks for including me – am looking forward to some really good reads 🙂

    • David D 07 July 2014 at 18:23 #

      Love the round up and links to other bloggers who write about parenting … Good Stuff! Would love it if you stopped by my blog and to connect further. Until then, or next time CHEERS >:-)