Being a single mom is one of the hardest roles you’ll ever take on, but it can be especially tough during the holidays. My first holiday season as a single mom was devastating, even though I had my little girl with me. I spent Christmas Eve crying as I played Santa alone. But, honestly, I think Thanksgiving was the worst, as it’s all about togetherness, family, and feeling grateful for your life. And I’ll be honest, I wasn’t feeling too thankful that day. I wish I had known some single mom Thanksgiving hacks to make the holiday less weepy and more lovely. Instead, I spent that night crying and felt like I wasted my baby’s first Thanksgiving.
And it’s not just that you’re missing your former family unit. For moms with older kids, you’re dealing with your children’s despair and pain over all of their favorite holiday traditions being different. You’re working with a smaller budget to put towards food and fun Thanksgiving-themed crafts. You’re trying to prep an entire Thanksgiving feast alone as your kids run around. Don’t even get me started on spending the holidays away from your children. It’s enough to drive anyone insane. But I promise you, you will totally pull through and rock all of Thanksgiving as a single mom with these nine hacks. You will end the day feeling thankful, regardless of the circumstances.