Even single parents have a life and they are entitled to have fun. Many think that being a single parent ties you down to your kids. You are the father and the mother of your kids. You have to provide for them and be there for them all the time. It is tiring, particularly if you are still working or have little support from other family members.
Whatever the case, being able to unwind and take it easy for some time seems like a luxury many cannot have, particularly during the Christmas holiday. In this article, we show you tips on how you can have a fun an inexpensive Christmas holiday as a single parent without the world crashing around you.
Loop in your kids when planning for the holiday
Make your life easier by bringing your kids into the picture when you are planning for the holiday. Listen to their opinions about what they want for the holiday and how they can help. You will be able to come up with great ideas that will allow everyone to have a great time without digging too deep into your pocket.
Create new traditions as a single parent
Now that your spouse is absent, you will need to create new family traditions for the Christmas holiday. Do not continue with the old ones. Come up with something unique that will make the kids move on from what they normally did during Christmas. You may decide that this is the time to take a road trip to someplace and unwind. Whatever you come up with, ensure that your kids are excited about it and ready to help you accomplish these traditions.
Allow the kids to decorate the house
Delegate as much as possible. There is a lot of work to be done during this holiday. You cannot be in the kitchen cooking and still find time to do the decorations. Let the kids do it their own way. After all, you are doing this for them. Just supervise them and encourage them. They will be excited to help. You can have handcraft products to save on some money or buy cheap but classy decorations from the mall.
Join other parents
You can join other parents, families, and friends if you do not want to feel left out. Ensure that you and your kids are comfortable with these people first before meeting them as it might turn out worse than you expect. Let the kids play with other kids and have fun.
Spend the holiday indoors with your kids
Sometimes all you want to do is to spend some quality time with your kids. You can spend this holiday indoors but make sure that you have plenty of entertainment to prevent the kids from getting bored. Find some great family Christmas movies to watch. Come up with games and ideas that are exciting. Use this moment to bond with your kids and have a great time.