life Parenting Weekend

Solo Parenting Weekend V2.0?

October 10, 2020

Another (mostly) solo parenting weekend. You might recall that the last time I faced ~40 hours of the kids on my own I was not feeling it.

But I am going to try to make the most of these next two days.


❏ Continue my usual lifegiving routines (workout, reading, etc).

❏ Spend time outside with the kids even if I am really tired of the ~6 month summer we have down here.

Fall. Please come find us. These forecasts are boring.

❏ Not try to get a lot of other things done (because that is a pipe dream that will only end in frustration)

❏ Remember to enjoy/appreciate the small things (takeout night! those rare moments when everyone plays nicely together! toddler cuteness! quiet time/nap!)

❏ Continue with operation 100 rules (which I have been doing well with – and today is day #18!). As noted previously, seeing post after post about self-care (often posted by those who do not have offspring to care for) is as boring and unhelpful as the weather shown above.


1- My sister gifted me an old school label maker (the same Radio Shack version we had growing up — super nostalgic and surprisingly available for just $9.95, presumably on eBay!).

Now I know why that black/white typed Instagram font looks so familiar.

now we know which kid this is

2- Annabel’s lofty plans for Thursday (it was a teacher planning day). I’m not entirely sure she ended up using this list but I was pretty impressed with its thoroughness.

She is definitely ready for her Hobonichi.


  • Reply gwinne October 10, 2020 at 8:28 am

    OMG. Annabel’s list. She is your kid. Also, wow, difference between her handwriting and Tiny Boy’s (he still uses largely large capital letters….it’s the skill that needs the most work for him).

    We have a newer label maker, not overly expensive (maybe $30?), and use it all over the house. The kids have labeled pencils “pencil.” I use it on some work folders and a lot in our pantry and kid toy storage. Love it.

  • Reply Jess October 10, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    I’m curious, do you overall like living in Florida? Have you ever considered moving?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 10, 2020 at 7:29 pm

      I don’t love it. But I really like my job. And my workplace. And I think it would be very hard to duplicate that elsewhere! I also think the cost of living is good for what you get.

      (But . . . I miss NC! Also obsessed with more rural new England and/or Canada.)

  • Reply CBS October 10, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Oh best of luck with your solo weekend! I think outside time is really crucial, although we have the opposite weather concerns (cold, windy, and wet). We met some friends at a country park and chatted and drank coffee while walking with my 3 year old (who rode his bicycle which extends his range) and then tomorrow are going to the garden where we got married to celebrate our anniversary. And then we have someone coming to view our house, the normally crazy market has screeched to a halt as another lockdown looks likely. We’ve just had an offer accepted on a house we love, so really need to sell this at a decent price to fund the next purchase. Hoping this person likes it.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm

      agghh we had such a rough time selling (twice) that I am literally afraid to ever buy again! I hope yours sells quickly!

  • Reply Coco October 10, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    i think solo parenting sometimes could be fun imagining you are on a gateway alone with the kids! hahaha… sometimes I imagine all I could do with the girls alone, like a girls fun time.
    i just wrote a post on the importance of keeping activities that nourishes us when we are particularly stress out with work, they are not wasted time but the cornerstone for the rest of our tasks.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 10, 2020 at 7:36 pm

      haha, I wish I could get it to feel that way! If I could just one kid with me maybe it would 🙂
      I did get in plenty of self nourishing activities today though I have to say! my workout, short nap, LOTS of reading, my meditation app, etc. Definitely helps when G takes a nap!!

  • Reply Omdg October 10, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Annabel’s list is very cute. Strong work. How does she like duo lingo?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm

      she really likes it! and she seems to be learning at least something. and I think she likes having a streak. ha! she’s doing Spanish like I am. suspect her young plastic brain will surpass me soon 🙂

  • Reply Lani Inlander October 11, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    My dad had that label maker! Such nostalgia! And Radio Shack OMG! Thanks for the memories 😉
    If only my kids would use/make a list like that. i made a super detailed daily checklist for them both as a tool for independence and they have outright rejected it.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 12, 2020 at 6:34 am

      Future Questioners/Rebels 🙂

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