You’ve probably heard that being a parent is the world’s most difficult job, but when you’re also a single parent, you have double the responsibility. And while you wouldn’t give up the rewards of raising your child for anything, there are probably times when you feel exhausted and underappreciated. But not today!
March 21st is Single Parent Day, and here at Career Quest, we acknowledge that many of our most accomplished students are also single parents. We think you do a remarkable job and we’d like to celebrate this important day by honoring you! Whether you’re a single mom or dad, we’d like to say thanks for all you do and encourage you to give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. And here are just a few ideas on how you can treat yourself today. You deserve it!
Do Something for Yourself
We know that you don’t get a lot of free time, but find some today and do something special for yourself. Read a book, take a long bath, binge on your favorite show, eat a tasty treat. Whatever brings a smile to your face, and a rest to your body! Honor all the hard work you do every day, by taking a day (or even just a few hours) off. The laundry and dishes can wait.
Add Some Friends
You’re not the only single parent. In fact, more than a third of Michigan children live in a single-parent household.1 So find some friends and share the news that today is all about them. You can take turns caring for each other’s children so everyone gets a break, or do something as a group that will be fun for adults and kids alike.
Have a Play Date with Your Child(ren)
What about if you took a day off from life and remembered all the good that comes with being a parent? Find a family-friendly activity you don’t do often that you know everyone will enjoy. Maybe a movie, a game, or a special meal that requires minimal cooking (think pancakes for dinner!). It’s too easy to get caught up in your long list of responsibilities, so for just this day—if you can—put them aside for a few hours. Enjoy some good old-fashioned family fun and remember how rewarding parenthood can be.
Reflect on Your Accomplishments
Between running a household, being a parent, working a job, and maybe even getting an education, you truly do it all. So stop and take a moment to reflect on all you’ve already done. Where were you this time last year? Are things improving? Consider where you want to be a year from now. This might even be a great day to start a journal so you can set goals, mark accomplishments, and be appreciative of all you have—starting with those awesome kids!
At Career Quest, we want to remind you that you are pretty amazing. We applaud your hard work at home and in the classroom, and we think you should look in the mirror today with lots of pride. Because we’re proud of all our students, especially those who are also single parents. That’s why we are happy to offer flexible learning programs that fit the busy lifestyle of working single parents who want to better their careers for themselves and their children.
If you’re a single parent and want to go back to school, we have a wide variety of programs designed to help you prepare for an entry-level career in fields such as Business, Healthcare, Information Technology, and Child Care. Take the step toward a brighter tomorrow today by contacting us.