Only the Lonely
It's impossible to escape from, you try to ignore it… but there it is, teddy bears with bows and red, heart shaped cards. Yes it's the season of romance and if you are a solo parent, you are probably dreading it.
Don't despair though, this Valentine's Day we at The Single Parent Bible have heard your call and rather than spend your day observing other people receiving roses at work, or watching the 'love' special on Oprah for the 5th year running, we've planned the first (absolutely must attend) Single Parenting Successfully Seminar of the year. If you are single and dateless with absolutely no love interest on the horizon, then you may need a diversion and we have just the solution.
Event: Single Parenting Successfully Seminar
Date: Wednesday 14th February
Time: 9.30am - 1pm (between school hours)
(near the entrance to the P4 Parking area for
Bookings Essential: phone 0432 478 152
There are many advantages of being a singleton and you certainly don't have to worry about any of the below:
1. receiving cards that have a punch line that isn't funny
2. pretending to like dodgy gifts that were purchased from the two dollar shop
3. the stress involved if you don't receive a card, flowers or chocolates
Instead take this opportunity to do something for you, spoil yourself and let the couples have their holiday. Here are a few examples of Valentines activities to try as a soloist:
1. Look up your old girlfriends and start to cultivate new friendships. Don't ever underestimate the power of the sisterhood. We tend to get so wrapped up in our children and their social lives that we forget about our own. There's nothing better than having a good chat with the girls. Remember Sex and the City? Where would Miranda (the mother of the group) have been without Carrie, Samantha and Charlotte? They say friends are the family that you make for yourself and in our itinerate communities where people move around so frequently, many of us don't have family living nearby and need to develop new relationships to help fill the void.
2. Look after yourself. Do whatever it takes to make you feel good about you, be that taking a bubble bath, taking time to watch your favourite movie, booking in for a massage, or having a glass of wine. It's the hardest thing in the world for a parent to put themself first, but remember that it's the little things that keep us going. Try to stop denying yourself life's pleasures and enjoy some me-time, you deserve it.
3. Look to the future. If you are yearning for a new love interest, then ask your attached friends to find out if any of their partner's friends have recently become single and get them to arrange a casual get-together to introduce you. If you don't have a dog, borrow one and take it for a long walk. You'll be amazed at the amount of guys out walking their dogs who will say "hello" to a fellow dog walker. Take opportunities where presented - at work, the supermarket, the gym and don't take it all so seriously. Take things slow and this time next year, you too could be receiving a ridiculously large bouquet of embarrassing Valentine's flowers.
For more information on the Single Parenting Successfully Seminar on the 14th of February, Contact us. Welfare to Work reforms, parenting, finances and dating will all be covered. Tina Shaw from The Single Parent Bible, Coleen Rivas from Work Savvy Parents and Kevin Walters (ex Bronco captain) will all be speaking on the day, which is proudly sponsored by CADET Training and Employment - www.cadet.org.au.
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