As a single parent, holidays like Easter can present unique challenges. Whether it’s managing schedules, and finances, or simply feeling overwhelmed, it’s understandable that you might feel a bit daunted at the prospect of celebrating the holiday with your children on your own.
However, with a bit of creativity and planning, it’s absolutely possible to enjoy Easter as a single parent.
Here are some tips and ideas to help make the most of your single mom Easter:
1. Start with a plan
One of the best things you can do to enjoy Easter as a single parent is to start with a plan. This might involve creating a schedule or a to-do list, so you can stay organized and on top of everything that needs to be done. Consider things like decorating your home, planning meals, and scheduling any Easter-related activities or outings.
You may also want to involve your children in the planning process. Ask them what they’d like to do for Easter and try to incorporate their ideas into your plans. This can help them feel more engaged and excited about the holiday, which can make it more enjoyable for everyone.
2. Keep things simple
It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of creating a perfect Easter celebration, but as a single parent, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to do everything. In fact, keeping things simple can often be the key to a stress-free and enjoyable holiday.
Consider things like simplifying your menu, opting for easy-to-prepare meals or snacks, and limiting the number of decorations you put up. By focusing on the things that are most important to you and your children, you can create a meaningful and enjoyable Easter celebration without feeling overwhelmed.
3. Get creative with your Easter egg hunt
One of the most popular Easter traditions is the egg hunt, and as a single parent, there are plenty of ways to get creative with this activity. Consider hiding eggs throughout your home or backyard, or even creating a scavenger hunt with clues that lead your children to each egg.
You could also consider filling the eggs with small toys or treats, rather than just candy. This can help keep things interesting and exciting for your children, while also reducing the amount of sugar they consume.
4. Take advantage of community events
Many communities offer Easter-related events and activities, such as egg hunts, parades, and festivals. As a single parent, these events can be a great way to enjoy the holiday with your children while also connecting with other families in your area.
Check with your local community center, church, or recreation department to see what events are happening in your area. You may be surprised at how many options are available, and your children are sure to enjoy the opportunity to get out and explore their community.
5. Create new traditions
As a single parent, you have the freedom to create your own Easter traditions, rather than feeling like you have to stick to what you’ve always done in the past. This can be a great opportunity to try something new and create meaningful memories with your children.
Consider things like starting a new Easter morning breakfast tradition, making homemade Easter baskets together, or taking a family walk or bike ride in the afternoon. By creating new traditions, you can help make Easter feel more special and memorable for everyone.
6. Practice self-care
Finally, it’s important to remember that as a single parent, you also need to take care of yourself. While it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the holiday, it’s important to take some time for yourself, whether that means taking a few moments to relax and unwind or planning a special activity just for yourself.
Consider things like taking a bubble bath, reading a book, or even treating yourself to a special Easter treat or gift. By taking care of yourself, you’ll be better able to enjoy the holiday.
Fallan Jacob is a labor and delivery nurse living in Oregon with her scruffy mutts Dexter and Lacy. Fallan loves helping to bring babies into the world and helping mothers of those babies who struggle through a high-conflict divorce raise them in a serene environment. This has meant finding ways to keep her ex’s anger from harming her and her girls as little as possible.
Fallan has been divorced for nearly 20 years. She experienced a very highly conflicted divorce from a man who, to this day, tries to interrupt the life she has built for herself and her now grown daughters.