Without a doubt, single parents often have to learn how to make do with what they have. This is partly because there’s less money coming in, and partly because one person can only be in so many places at once!
Single parents have to learn skills that parents who have the support of the other parent may not have to. As a result, single parents tend to be self-reliant and crafty with their time and resources.
There are many survival lessons that you can learn from a single mom!
Learn to Do for Yourself
This is huge. In a 2-parent household, more traditional roles may be observed. Dad may work on the car while mom cooks dinner. This isn’t stereotyping; it’s just the way that it is. Parents that can depend on their spouses to help out around the house are often content to settle into a particular role. Even if mom is working on the car because she can’t cook, there is still a skill that she isn’t learning because she doesn’t have to.
Single parents don’t have this luxury. If the car needs fixed and dinner needs cooked, that parent better be able to do them both. Since money is often too tight to afford either a mechanic or a home chef, the single mom is going to have to learn how to do them both!
This is a huge survival skill that you can learn from a single mom. Often, there are 10 different fires at once to put out. Homework is being eaten by the dog, dinner is burning and little Susie is beating the crap out of her little brother because he shaved her Barbie. A single mom will just sigh and dig in because she knows that if she doesn’t put the fires out, nobody will.
All the emergencies will be resolved and she’ll get so used to it that even if Barbie is aflame, she’ll dunk her in her cold coffee and move on to the next problem without breaking a sweat. There’s no time to panic; that’s just one more thing that she would have to deal with.
After a while, she learns how to react without panicking every time a kid squeals or the fire alarm goes off. She has nerves of steel and will likely be able to calmly respond in a SHTF situation because she’s used to thinking on her feet.