Most single parents don’t get much me-time . They are on parenting duty 24/7. There is no time to indulge in a book, or to go for a run, to have a quiet cup of tea whilst reading the paper. Single parenting isn’t that much different to coupled parenting really. I know many of my friends would say they don’t get any time for running, tea and reading either.
Other single parents, like me, operate a co-parenting schedule. Co-parenting schedules are all or nothing. When your child is with you, parenting is full-on, there is no down-time, there is no privacy-in-the-toilet-time either. You cannot ask your partner to watch your little bundle of joy for half an hour whilst you have a shower, or load the dishwasher, or even have a number two in peace, because the other parent isn’t there. And then, when your child is not with you, there is just silence. It can feel a bit empty. I sometimes feel a bit lost when Cygnet is away with his dad.
My co-parenting arrangements mean that Cygnet spends every other weekend with his dad and I am left to my own devices. I usually go into work on one of the days. Recently, I’ve been saving the second day for some me-time . A couple of weekends ago, I had a really indulgent Sunday: I had breakfast in bed; I read my book until 11am; I went for a 10k run and I binged on some podcasts. Dreamy!
Today, for some absurd reason, I decided to use my me-time to tackle my wardrobe and to arrange it using the Marie Kondo aka KonMari folding method. Marie Kondo is a Japanese ‘organising consultant’. She’s even written a book (which I haven’t read) entitled ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’. I found some of her videos on Youtube – this is the one in which she teaches you how to fold.
And then I did this:
And then I thought that I might need some help, a stiff drink, a life…!
I won’t be buying the book.
P.S. Not a collaborative post.