Part-Time Single Parenting

So James has been working away in London 3 days a week since August.  I’m not new to him travelling for work… in fact I have dealt with this so many times that it really should be old-hat by now… but it’s not.  It’s hard and it’s lonely.  It isn’t just me who really feels his absence… it has had an effect on the boys too.

I don’t rant or moan on my blog, not because my life is perfect and happy all the time, but because I don’t see it as beneficial… I like to keep my blog as a memory of the happy times we have shared as a family.  This may be why my blog has been quiet of late.  I’ve been tired and lonely in the evenings and so unmotivated to write!

The last few months have really made me appreciate the fact that I am not a single mum.  I don’t have to do this by myself for forever.  In fact, there are only 2 weeks left of James travelling… and that’s it.  Done.  I get my amazing husband back.  He really does so much for our little family.  He has been working so hard, and it is because of his hard work that I am able to be a stay at home mum. I am so thankful for him.

I have a new respect for those who have to single parent 24/7.  It really is not easy. Even simple things I experienced this week such as, needing to go to the shop but both boys weren’t well enough to leave the house.  How does a full time single parent do things like this?  I was lucky that I had my mum and stepdad around to help when I needed something.  

I know I can do it alone.  I’ve done it almost alone on multiple occasions, but it’s hard not to have that backup… someone to chill with when the boys go to bed… and adult to talk to and share the evening with.  James’ travelling stint for his work should be done pretty much… now with only the odd day or two away every so often. I’m so looking forward to having him home.

4 thoughts on “Part-Time Single Parenting

  1. Mimi says:

    Being a single parent, no matter how long of a time, isn’t easy for anyone. I’ve been a single mom for 7 yrs. Thankful for the people all around me who have helped me raise my boys. I’m glad your hubby will be back soon! I shared about my son’s Thankful Leaf. =)


  2. Kat says:

    I often wonder how single mums do it. So many times I default to my husband…I suppose I could step up if I had to, but I think I’ll keep him around for as long as possible. 😉


  3. Venassa says:

    I was a single mom for a little while and yeah it’s hard, but it doesn’t seem AS hard when it’s all you know. Now that I’ve been with my boyfriend for almost two years, I can’t imagine being a parent without his help anymore.


  4. MryJhnsn says:

    Those photos are so sweet. Sometimes I wish my husband had a better schedule so he was with us more but I also like when he is away. I often feel like we get the best of both worlds.


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