Mr K.'s job took him to Tokyo this week, leaving me and Baby Lu home alone. Being alone with a baby/toddler, with no help or family around, sucks. And while Mr K. eats raw fish (sounds like a good punishment), I devise simple tricks to survive my solo parenting week.
|Tokyo by night, by Mr K.|
Surprising RoutineI stick to our routine like glue on paper. It's the only way to get through the day and not let the little person sense my tiredness/panic/fear. That said, routine works better when highlighted by elements of surprise, like a fun day involving activities that wear out toddlers on the way home.
Cooperative bribingWhen parenting solo, I apply the "No tough love" rule. Whenever Mr K. is away, Baby Lu eats his favourite foods (that would be pasta and satsumas), watches a lot of Adventures of Abney and Teal, and generally has everything his way. Arguing with a 20 months-old without another adult's support is pretty exhausting, even though it's practically the only conversation you've had in the day.
E-babysittingSkype, blessed be your name! Eager grandparents/aunts/friends from far away will entertain your cherub while you rush to the toilet for a moment of peace and quiet.
Bubbly rewardsI try to take it one day at a time, although I'm counting hours to Mr K.'s return. At the end of each day, I reward myself for surviving another 24 hours with a nice glass of bubbly tonic (with gin), crisps and chocolate ice-cream. Just to get enough calories for another day of solo parenting.