What Single Moms Should Do When Alone on New Years Eve
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Now I'm not going to lie, bringing in the New Year as a single mom can suck. For a number of reasons too. Your depression may be at its worse or getting there. You are recently single and want to avoid crowds and cute couples completely. Well, whatever your situation it's all a mess.
Now I've never brought in a New Year alone, it's just not my style. I'm super family oriented. I usually give my kids a late nap (a few hours later than their usual time) and let them stay up with the family to watch the fireworks. They love it and I love the look on their faces.
Unfortunately, not all single mothers get to bring in the New Year with their little ones (now I'm talking to you). The kids are either at their dads' house, with friends or family members, so sitting in the house alone has you all depressed. Especially since you already had to share Christmas with him too.
Do not fret babe. I have a few ideas up my sleeve for those single moms who plan to be alone for New Years Eve. You don't necessarily have to bring the New Year in with a bang. However, you also don't want to Netflix and chill either. Let's face it, you could do that any other day of the week.
Here are some ideas to get you through New Year's Eve when you don't want to Netflix and chill.
Accept one of the many party invitations you received
Spending New Year's Eve alone is quite depressing, especially when you're not dating or the kids are either with dad or another family members house. If you usually bring in the New Year at home, why not break tradition, even if it's just this once and get out of the house. Especially if sitting around is going to make you even more upset.
Put on something that makes you feel sexy, some eyeliner, mascara, and hit the town (not before doing your hair though)! Mixing things up a bit could be an excellent start to a New Year. And don't spend too much time worrying about all the couples you might see. So what! Of course, if you're ready, you could also have a chance to meet someone new.
Join a Single Mom Meet Up
If you really don't want to be a couch potato or get out the house, hop online and join a single mom virtual meet up. Bring in the New Year with those in your favorite single mom community. A lot of moms don't necessarily want to leave the house or want to binge on Netflix. There are a ton of Facebook groups (if social media is your thing) for you to go in and seek out moms who would be down for a virtual meet up.
Host a party of your own
The kids are out the house and that could be an awesome thing! Host an intimate dinner party with some of your nearest and dearest. Or some other single mamas in your local community. The dinner doesn't need to be extravagant. Just a nice home cooked meal, table settings, and maybe some New Year paraphernalia.
It also doesn't have to be JUST a dinner. Why not make a dinner/game night party and throw in a few drinks for fun. The kids are gone, so now is your time to let loose and have some fun.
Go See a Movie
Not in the mood for crowds or socializing, that's totally okay too! If all you really want is to really just be out of the house, then this may be the move for you. You don't even have to go alone, especially if you know someone who's in the same kind of mood.
Go Have Dinner with a friend
Have a friend who is not in the party kind of mood too? Great! Christmas is over and some restaurants are staying open during New Year's Eve. Why not go out to eat with one of your besties, a co-worker, family member or another single mom that you know from your local community.
Don't begin the New Year in a sour mood babe. Break out of your comfort zone and try something new, at least for ONE night. You may end up surprising yourself. Here, right now in this moment, you get to choose how your new journey will begin.
Leave bad vibes and memories in 2017. If you already spent Christmas wallowing, switch gears a bit. Allow yourself at least one happy holiday, full of good vibes and colorful memories. For all the hard work you do as a mom, treat yourself. Start your New Year, inspired by all the possibilities and empowered!