Five Things That Suck About Single Parenting…

[Alternative Title: the one where I whinge, a bit]

  1. Realising at 8pm that there’s no chocolate/Diet Coke/beer in the house, and you can’t go out to get any
  2. Realising that even if there was beer, you’re the only adult in the house, so you’re not really allowed to drink that much, anyway
  3. Always having to be the driver. I keep asking Flea when she’s just going to bite the bullet and take a turn at the wheel, but she keeps moaning on about it being ‘illegal’ or some-such nonsense
  4. Not being able to make home-made Easter Eggs because I’m not tall enough to reach them at the back of the cupboard, and I lost the ladder
  5. Planning nights out weeks in advance, only to find out on the day that your ex is now busy, so you’ll be staying home tonight *fixed smile*



Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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    • 22nd March 2012 / 5:51 pm

      So I’ve heard and not experienced.

  1. 22nd March 2012 / 12:55 pm

    How do you lose a ladder? LOL! Even a step stool is a rather large item to lose in an aversge sized house.

    • 22nd March 2012 / 5:52 pm

      My whole emotional post and that’s what you noticed? *wanders off muttering*

      It’s easier than you might think.

      • 22nd March 2012 / 6:07 pm

        Hee hee. Sorry. Sending you a comforting hug. But seriously a ladder is huge 😉

  2. 22nd March 2012 / 12:58 pm

    Oooh yeah, number 5 pisses me right off.

    That, and always having to… *do* everything, you know? Still, my time and money are my own, and for that I am eternally grateful.

    • 22nd March 2012 / 5:52 pm

      Oh yes, better than still being hitched, by a country mile.

  3. 22nd March 2012 / 1:00 pm

    I started a list to continue your list but I’ve just deleted it because it was almost entirely made up of jobs around the house. I’m starting to realise I’m quite happy being single, I just need a handyman!
    Sorry to hear you’ve had to change your plans x

    • 22nd March 2012 / 5:52 pm

      Handymen can be found online, I am assured.

  4. 22nd March 2012 / 1:05 pm

    Hay there… really, really sorry about your spoilt night out… really… We would love flea over to play anytime!!! but I guess we are a little off the beaten track!!!

    • 22nd March 2012 / 5:52 pm

      Aw, might be a bit of a commute but thanks!

  5. 22nd March 2012 / 1:27 pm

    Not being celebrated on Mother’s Day until your child is old enough to do it herself. Having to do all the schlepping of suitcases etc. when you go away. Not being off-duty for any time until your child is in bed asleep. I could go on…

    • 22nd March 2012 / 5:54 pm

      Aw, we’ve always celebrated Mother’s Day. I’ve almost always had a little something, even if it’s something Flea made at nursery, and we always have a special lunch and I tell her why (often we’re treating my own Mum, of course!)

      • 22nd March 2012 / 6:54 pm

        That;s a fantastic idea! Instead of getting upset about next year I’m going to plan my own celebration and tell DD we’re doing it to show how much she loves me.

  6. 22nd March 2012 / 5:04 pm

    That’s an alarming short list, Sally. I could add another 50. *mutters to self in unattractive manner*

  7. 22nd March 2012 / 5:05 pm

    I meant *alarmingly* I was typing too aggressively, clearly.

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  8. 22nd March 2012 / 7:36 pm

    This has confirmed my suspicions that life as a single mother and life as a vicar’s wife have uncanny overlaps!

  9. BilliE
    22nd March 2012 / 9:18 pm

    My pet hate is father Christmas trying it on with me. If I was still with my e he wouldn’t have the audacity to be so rude. But I mist oblige other the little ones won’t get their said toys 🙂

  10. BilliE
    22nd March 2012 / 9:19 pm

    *ex and *must oblige

  11. 22nd March 2012 / 9:22 pm

    As a non single parent is it wrong that I read this and think the grass looks greener….

    • Nikkii
      23rd March 2012 / 6:54 am

      She forgot to mention making sure there’s two meals and milk easily reached in the bottom half of the fridge every night in case you die in your sleep and nobody notices – or was that just me? Thank gawd they are older now (they made it phew!) cos when they were little … I used to leave bottles of formula on the very lowest shelf and hope if anything happened to me my 2 yo would manage to get some into my baby… Before I went back to work we didn’t even have a nursery who’d miss us in the morning – nobody would have. I didn’t sleep much that year!

  12. Nikki
    23rd March 2012 / 5:56 pm

    Think it would be theraputic Sally to do a “5 things that rock about being a single parent” post – to see the brighter side!

    Right now with other half at home (redundent since Jan) I’m ready to kill him and embrace the life as a single parent……Grrrrrr #getoutofmyspaceyouuntidybugger

  13. Vic
    26th March 2012 / 9:16 am

    It’s 1 and 2 that get me most. Particularly with 1 and chocolate/ice cream.