A Week of Lone Parenting

A week of lone parenting when you're used to dual parenting?

This week the Hubby goes to South Korea and I'll be alone with the boys...

Zombie and Frankenstein children's costumes

In the past (more than 6 years ago) the Hubby would often have to travel to the US for work. Meetings with Publishers, potential deals to be done and various games industry trade shows meant he would be away for a week at a time. He also worked in an office back then too. Parenting Big Prince alone wasn't a problem because it was part of our routine.

The Hubby has worked at home since 2009 and I’ve got used to having him around all the time. We have lunch together every day, we chat, and I'm lost if he goes out. Little Prince has never known a time when the Hubby wasn’t at home.

But from 2pm tomorrow afternoon the boys and I will not see the Hubby until Sunday evening. 

Frankenstein Halloween Costume
Even with a mask LP can't 
leave his nose alone!
I can’t decide which bothers me more; Hubby being away or lone parenting. I’m not used to having lots of time alone. My fear is that I’ll spend the time filling my face with chocolate and crisps. Lone parenting is scary too, I mean the boys don’t listen to me at the best of times. BP is entering the stage where everything is a chore, even using his computer. And LP, well he’s manic. He runs around the house screaming and shouting as soon as he comes home from school. It doesn’t stop until he goes to bed.

I've spent this past week saving up chores. My ironing pile resembles Everest; the laundry baskets are overflowing. I’ve also promised the boys I’ll play games with them. LP has some card games he’s been bugging me to play and BP wants me to help him work on his stories. A hairdresser’s appointment on Wednesday will fill up time too.

Ever since we found out the Hubby would be going on this trip I’ve been preparing. It is such a big change to our daily routine that we all needed to be ready for it. But now I’m wondering if there's enough time for everything. My hope is that I’ll be so busy I will forget about the lone parenting and just get on with it.

Do you have any tips for coping on my own with these monsters?

Zombie and Frankenstein Costume


  1. I don't really have any tips....I just wanted to wish you the best of luck! I'm sure you don't need it though! x

    1. Ah thanks Kim! So far it's been okay but there's still a while to go. Thanks for the best wishes. xx

  2. Oooh love the new name and revamp :-)

    Funnily enough I wrote comment earlier similar to this. For me just letting the kids dictate what we're doing works well... kids love to be in control. Sending luck and hugs xxx

    1. Thanks Renee. The name change is something I've wanted to do for a while but didn't have the guts. I finally took the plunge!

      Last night I let the kids decide what we had for dinner and they thought it was great. They behaved all night and it wasn't too stressful. I know it's only the start but if it carries on like this it'll be a breeze! Thanks for the luck and hugs. xx

  3. Good luck! I'm used to my hubs not being around for most of the childcare so when he's away it's not so big a deal. Must be lovely to have lunch together every day - you obviously get on brilliantly!

    1. Thanks. We do get on pretty well and I think that's why I'm thrown when he's not here. If he was working in an office I'd probably cope better with this. So far it's not been too bad but I've still got the weekend to go. I'll be breathing a sigh of relief when the Hubby gets home on Sunday. xx


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