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"Solo parenting" isn't the same as single parenting– but when we're in it, it can sure feel pretty intense. Even if our partners are great at pulling their own weight, sooner or later most of us end up in a solo parenting season.
Our listener Michelle emailed us to say:
Can we talk about what parenting looks like when it feels almost single-handed? We all know how ridiculously demanding full-time jobs can be nowadays. Statistics show half of the population work more than 45 hours a week. How can a parent deal with feeling overwhelmed by all the parenting demands that ought to be shared by two parents– because one's partner, not by choice, has to work instead of parent?
It's worth doing the hard work of talking about it and pushing back against the default reality of the "non-integrated spouse." In this episode we discuss
- how to deal with the resentment (pro tip: block the traveling spouse on social media)
- how to lower your expectations during these seasons
- how to push against "solo parenting" as a default setting even when the other parent is actually home
- how asychronous communication can really help
Here are links to some of the things we discuss on this episode:
- @thepaperdart on Instagram
- Sometimes Solo Parent: Dear Husband Who Travels For Work
- Messy Motherhood: The Art of Solo Parenting
- Claire Zulkey for The New York Times: How Parents Who Travel for Work Can Ease the Burden on Their Families
- The Military Mom: Parenting Military Kids During Deployment
and our own episodes:
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