- Acknowledge those emotions & ask for support! Sometimes those who were supportive of your decision to adopt fade away after the excitement of the adoption/homecoming. This is not exclusive to single parents, but may be more acutely felt. Life does have to resume for everyone, and some may just not know how to help or support once the baby is home. Ask! Tell! It can be difficult for self sufficient and independent personalities to realize they need a little support- physically (laundry, house work, etc) or emotionally (companionship, a listening ear, etc). Most friends are not mind readers, but are happy & willing to help if you just tell them how. (Truthfully, I'm always a little flattered when someone asks for my help. I'm not so good at just "jumping in", but love to be asked!)
- Take a little down time! Yes, this is the green light for ME TIME. Make sure to do all those things we "should" do....eat right, get enough sleep (haha---new baby?), but make sure to take some time to do something you enjoy - and did before your little one joined your life. Who knew a mid-day movie or mani/pedi was quite so fun?
One of the great joys of working with Heart to Heart is watching amazing families come together. And I am always amazed at the strength these single women have as they make that selfless decision to become a mother. So let's hear from you -- the experts! Share those coping strategies with us. We gain strength from each other as mothers...no matter what the rest of the family dynamic may be!