Single parents - what are your tips for making life easier?

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I've been a single parent for almost a month now. I have 3 dds - 6, almost 4 and 15 months. It feels like I never sit down because there is so much to do.

DD3 doesn't sleep very well. She sleeps with me, but in the evening I am often up and down settling her. She is also quite clingy in the day, and tends to scream at the safety gate if I am in the kitchen preparing food etc.

DD1 is in school and DD2 is in preschool, so I need to prepare a packed lunch and uniforms. Then there's cleaning, cooking, and everything else that needs doing and it just feels so overwhelming.

Add to that DD2 and DD3 both being quite ill with a virus (I'm assuming, anyway, we're off to the doctors in a bit). They both want to be lying on top of me, which I can do up to a point but other stuff needs doing too.

It just all feels a bit relentless atm. So I was wondering if anyone who has been there had any tips for making life a little bit easier please?

See, I don't know how people manage without ironing! It is my most hated task, and frankly I'm a bit shit at it. But however much I shake and immediately fold out of the dryer, everything still looks like a crumpled mess. I draw the line at my stuff though, I use my body heat and excess padding to get rid of the creases grin

gilmoregirl Sat 22-Mar-14 18:44:43

Yes I am rubbish at ironing too (prob out of practice !) I am sure DS and I would look far more well groomed if I were to iron but sod it, I have very little time and would far rather spend an hour sitting on sofa watching Gilmore girls and drinking wine than ironing. The amount of effort required is just too much. As all our clothes are pretty much the same just in different colours it's just part of our look.

Corduroy does not need much ironing so makes up most our wardrobes....

mineofuselessinformation Sat 22-Mar-14 18:55:53

Totally agree with online shopping, bulk cooking and making the house feel 'yours'.
The other thing that saved my sanity was that I sat down and planned a three week menu so I knew what to buy and cook in advance. The dcs never knew until I told them a few months ago!

hopea Wed 26-Mar-14 00:41:14

Hi. How are you all? I am Hope and have just a 6year old daughter, but it sometimes seems like having a few kids.

milkysmum Fri 28-Mar-14 21:51:41

gilmoregirl that post was great- really helpful advice. I have a 5 year old and 2 year old. h moved out a month ago so still getting used to our new routine

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