Single motherhood most definitely is not easy, then you throw a hyperactive five-year old into the mix. This most definitely does not ease the strain any. I’ve asked several people for their opinion on how to handle ths situation. The most frequesnt response is that you need to spend more one-on-one time with him and he may be more willing to provide you with more me time.
Even with taking my son to do more things such as breakfast in the mornings once a week, bike rides, going to the park, taking walks he still cannot get enough time with his momma. To boot, he just is not worn out by the end of the day and has a tendency to stay awke until 10:30-11:00 at night. However, the one activity that I have found to be effective is to take 15-20 minutes before bed to read to my son. He will actually sit still, cuddle up with me, and read with me. He has a few favorite books that are visually and auditorially appealing. Follwoing reading books, he generally is content to curl up, watch a movie, and fall asleep.
He usually falls asleep earlier the nights that we set aside some time to read books before going to bed. This means more me time for mommy in exchange for 15-20 minutes before bed. Momma has more time to partake in her chill time which involves socializing on facebook or even doing some writing.
If you have any suggestions for how to obtain more mommy me time please feel free to comment below. I am eager to learn about some other methods.