November 1, 2007

TT #35


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13 things single parents can do to take care of themselves

1. Take a long walk.

2. Check out a yoga video and make time to do it twice a week.

3. Read a short story that you can totally lose yourself in.

4. Daydream

5. Get a babysitter and go to a movie.

6. Smile

7. Read a magazine.

8. Sit outside and breathe fresh air.

9. Go to a park and sit on the swings with your kids.

10. Go to bed an hour early.

11. Surround yourself with pictures of the people you love and things you care about.

12. Say "Yes" to something you'd really like to do.

13. Get up fifteen minutes early so you can linger over a cup of coffee.


41 comments:

Morgan Leigh said...

:-) Happy TT!

I love the header graphic. :-)

No Nonsense Girl said...

((((((hugs)))) I love your inspiring TT Lori!!! You rock girl!!!

;)

Nicholas said...

Does it have to be a short story? Can’t it be a full length novel? That’s a really fine list. Full of optimism.

susiej said...

These aren't bad for any Mom!! Thank you.Rarely do I take the time to do these things.

Laura said...

I love this list! Indeed, you take very good care of yourself!

As for Milky Ways, I don't care for them because they don't have nuts..my chocolate HAS to have nuts, or at least something chewy (like caramel). *smiles*

Have a great weekend, Lori!

The Gal Herself said...

I love #11! I don't think everyone appreciates how important our surroundings are. Sometimes gazing at the photo of my niece boisterously singing Happy Birthday to herself, or my cat when he was still a kitten, or my best friend who I miss so much, comforts me and makes everything a little better. (Thanks for stopping by my TT)

Lori said...

These sound like pretty good tips for married parents too (smile).

Lara Angelina said...

I think I may copy this blog and carry it around in my purse!! All great ideas and a great reminder that as single parents, we truly need to take good care of ourselves!
Happy TT and Happy Halloween!

Raggedy said...

I am going to try for number 13 tomorrow morning.. :)
Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
My TT is posted.
Have a wonderful day!
Happy TT'ing!
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Raggedy

WorksForMom said...

Single or not, this is a great list for everyone! Great ideas Lori.

Janet said...

very true! Thanks for visiting :-)

Sandy Carlson said...

So true. Keeping plenty of pictures around is very important. It's good to remember we're loved!

ellen b said...

Great suggestions and a great TT.
HAPPY rest of the WEEK TO YOU!

greatfullivin said...

I'm a Grandma and this list works for me! There are some lovely ways to relax here. I like #8, sitting out doors. Great List. Thanks for stopping by my T13

FRIGGA said...

Heck, I like doing most of that stuff, and I'm single and childless :-0

Happy TT :P

Nicole Austin said...

Great suggestions. I always try to wake up a little early for some quiete me time.

Happy TT!

damozel said...

Listen, my hat's off to ANY parent. It's the most time-consuming job in the world and so hard to take a break from. Great suggestions,

Yen said...

Great lists you have here! And kudos to you for taking good care of yourself..Yup, you ROCK! :D

Mine is up here;
Thursday Thirteen
Happy TT and Happy Halloween!

Wolfie said...

Read..I find tat fun..

Xakara said...

This is a great list. I especially like number 12. I think we turn away too often from the things we really want to do, and single parents who are overwhelmed really need the "me time" to recharge.

Happy TT

~X

Tilly Greene said...

You had me until #13 - get up early? Darlin', are you kidding me? There's no way I'm getting up early to linger over my cup of hot chocolate, mini-marshmallows and choocolate shavings or not.

Hmmm, this is going to be with me for some time.

The list is a great reminder to make time for ourselves :-)

baby~amore' said...

I love that awesome header too and I think this advice rocks for any parent !
You are a super mum Lori

amypalko said...

I've recently started getting up half an hour earlier, and it gives me just enough time to have a quiet cup of tea and write my morning pages before the kids come thundering down the stairs. I think this is one tip that every parent who wants to hold onto the last shreds of sanity would benefit from ;-) Great list!

Amy The Black said...

This works for ALL parents, and I'll have to give them a try!

baby~amore' said...

CONGRATULATIONS~ Lori I just saw you are a featured blogger on Thursday 13 site - you rock !

Joyismygoal said...

I love your list. I think most are good for all people. We have to take care of us to be able to take care of others or just to live effectively.

Kat said...

Great list! Wish I could do # 10 a lot more but I'm not a single mom anymore. Happy TT!

Mom not Mum said...

Great list for "all" parents. I don't see where you have listed eat a bowl of icecream and watch some good tv. LOL

Nap Warden said...

Great list. I think we could all benifit from going to bed an hour earlier! I know I would!

savvyprchick said...

I like your list. It's something everyone can do... not just single parents. (By the way, yay Navy! I'm dating a Navy man myself :) )

Darla said...

Good advice! I've only temporarily been a single parent (when my husband was deployed), but I know it's really easy to lose yourself if you don't make an effort to do something good for you once in a while.

Holly said...

I like your blog. I was a single parent..guess I still am - but my son is grown now with children of his own.

This IS an inspiring blog and one I'll be happy to recommend.

Smiles,
Holly

amanda rae said...

nice list! i'm new to the tt, so i just thought i'd stop by and say hi! i just posted mine.

Malcolm: said...

Even though I don't have any kids (as far as I know), I'll have to keep these tips in mind.

Nancy J. Bond said...

These things sound like great ideas for anyone to do. Good idea for a TT list! Congrats on being a featured blog this week.

impworks said...

Good things for a single none parent to do sometime to.

Great TT :-)

Chelle Y. said...

I think I am going to take your advice on some of those! I just feel guilty leaving my son. His dad only left a year ago, and he is still having a hard time with me leaving to go somewhere without him.

Lori said...

My kids went everywhere with me, and thats OK too. Just make sure you take a little time out for yourself. If your not healthy and happy, they can sense it. Dont feel guilty about what happened, its not your fault.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Babe, I'm not single and I'd love to do all of those things!!

Happy TT!

Jackie said...

Excellent list!!!!

Happy TT :)

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

I think any Mom could use this list - I love it! :)