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The Ease of One Child Parenting

The Ease of One Child Parenting

Ok, so the title to this post is probably a little misleading. Parenting and easy don’t really go well in the same sentence. I suppose what I mean is that when you’ve been bringing up two children for the last three years, then when that number drops to one for part of the week, I do believe that parenting gets easier. The logistics of having only one child to care for, are much simpler than having multiples. I love having two children, but I have to admit that I can see the positives of a little one child parenting.

The biggest was so young when we had baby number two, so I really do find it hard to remember only having one child to look after. For the best part of two years I’ve been permanently attached to two kids. For half of that time I had two kids that couldn’t walk, then for the rest of the time I’ve had two who think it’s hilarious to run in opposite directions. With me stood in the middle wondering which one to retrieve first!

 

Altering the dynamics –

Since the biggest started nursery, our family dynamics have completely shifted. It’s been a really difficult time for me, I certainly wasn’t ready to let her go. So for the first week, we filled every minute away from her with some sort of activity, anything that meant I didn’t have to think about leaving her with what felt like a stranger. I thought that if I didn’t think about it, then one day I’d wake up and be used to it.

The trouble is, I can’t fill every single hour of nursery with super fun stuff for the littlest to do. For a start, the house would start to look like a complete tip as I’d get nothing done and work would just pile up. So now, when the biggest is at nursery we spend some time at home too. I have regular periods where I only have to parent one child and do you know what? It’s not all bad. All of a sudden life with kids has become simpler then ever before.

There’s less bickering, no chasing each other around shops or disagreeing on what they’d like for lunch. I only have on child to keep safe on the playground and only one hand to hold as we walk down the side of the road. I only have one child to wrestle into their car seat and I only have one child to entertain whilst trying to do a million and one other things at the same time.

 

Getting used to our new way of life –

Even though there are many positives to only having to parent one child, I’m still not completely sold on the idea of one child parenting. I’d much rather have both of my girls by my side, but I know things have to change. Slowly but surely I’m getting used to our new way of life and soon enough I’ll have a few hours of completely child free time to contend with. For now though, I’m going to relish the ease of one child parenting. Who knows, I might even start to enjoy it!

 

 

 

 

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22 Replies to “The Ease of One Child Parenting”

  1. My two kids are now 7 and 4 years old, so although they love playing together the older one would like to do more grown up things sometimes. I don’t often get time with her, without my youngest around, so when I do it’s really special. We try to make an effort to do the things we wouldn’t be able to do with the youngest in tow. #blogstravaganza

  2. Haha I’m terrified of parenting two children. I’ve got a few months left of only one, but that’s hard enough. It must be such a big change having one in nursery, but you’ll get used to it soon #blogstravaganza

    1. Haha, I remember being really worried about having two. Now I don’t know what to do with myself when I only have one! X

  3. awe, that makes me a little sad since my eldest is about to attend school in a few months too. Makes me anxious to leave her with strangers in a strange place with a bunch of other kids. #Blogstravaganza

  4. It is different when one is in school and only one to take care of at home. It is a little easier but just like you I wouldn’t change having my 2 babies for the world. 😊 #blogstravaganza

  5. I totally get where you’re coming from. For me, when I just have two to handle it’s suddenly so much easier than having all three! I struggled to let mine go when the time for preschool and school rolled round, but I found that the time we have together now is so precious that somehow we value it more. The opportunity to spend more quality time with the younger ones is important too. Lovely post #Blogstravaganza host 🙂 xx

  6. It must be quite a change when your daughter started nursery and so you then have one. Mine have been in nursery since they were much younger and so it isn’t something I have experienced. Sometimes my oldest goes to my parents for a sleepover and then we only have one which just feels odd! #Blogstravaganza

  7. I feel you! Parenting the twins alone when I’m used to the three of them is super easy.. they’re fed and they sleep, whereas with Ben he wants to be played with and the frustrations of a toddler is crazy in itself! #blogstravaganza

  8. I am firmly behind you here. As a mum to one in some aspects it is so much easier. As a regular ‘babysitter’ for my sisters kids there are many times when having up to 5 kids at once completely destroys me. I don’t how mums with more than one cope you all deserve medals in my opinion lol #blogstravaganza

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