I am a single mum of two boys, one aged 2 and one aged 3 (nearly 4). I have been on my own since I was 4 months pregnant with number two. Does anyone know of any support out there for single parents? Even if it is just a forum or something. The first year and a half were very, very stressful as I have almost no family support. I haven't left the house in the evening since August last year when I managed to go out for a couple of hours. The only time that I am not with my little ones is when I am at work.
The lack of "me time" is very hard as I have no chance to recharge my batteries or do anything for myself. My children wake up everyday at 5.30am, whatever time they go to bed, so once they've gone to bed in the evening I have about an hour to myself before I need to sleep.
I've just started the 12 week weight loss programme on NHS Choices but though I would love to get out and do some exercise, it is not possible as I have no one to look after the children and, as you can imagine finances are very, very tight (I receive no child maintenance so just have to survive on my earnings-which after nursery fees, are minimal, and the benefits I receive) so paying for childcare is not an option.
I generally manage quite well to keep motivated and take the children out and so on, but every now and then, especially after tantrums (theirs, not mine!) I feel really low (and head for the chocolate Today is one of those days.
I would really love to share strategies with other single parents, or even just share the odd moan to help me feel like I'm not the only one struggling on (and of course I know there are millions of single parents out there!)