Category: Life

Budgeting for Single Mothers

Single mothers are burdened with being the sole breadwinner without the benefit of having a dual earner in the house. Single moms often struggle to make ends meet and need to develop a strict...

What about the single parent vote?

How should single parents vote? Many single parents may be wondering who is the best candidate to address their specific needs. Is the Republican party more concerned about single parents? Maybe it’s the Democrats,...

Anger makes us ugly

Although this article is generally directed towards single moms, everyone struggles with anger at one time or another. The tips and links herein can benefit all parents. Is being a single parent too overwhelming?...

Visitation builds healthy relationships

I have received some comments and questions lately regarding dads and their desire to have more time with their kids. Recently a few famous dads have been in the news, for doing the right...

Achieving success as a single parent

If you suddenly find yourself alone due to a partner or spouse leaving, it is crucial to maintain stability for your child. Many parents believe a “consistent schedule” equals stability. In fact, many believe...

Financial fears of single parents

In many people’s eyes, the term “single parent” has been synonymous with worry, stress and poverty. There is a constant fear of financial loss and/or financial “lack”.  In most studies, children coming from single...

Dealing with anger as a parent

“Anger is one little litter away from Danger”  – unknown ANGER – we all feel it but most of us haven’t been taught how to wisely express it.  Oh to be sure, we express...

Parenting Manual

The parenting manual is the pamphlet they gave you at the hospital when you took your bundle of joy home. Oh, you didn’t get one? Me neither.  Whether you left the hospital as a...

Pervasive Hope

Where is my hope? This question is ringing loudly in the heads of many single moms as the holidays approach. Single moms place additional, unnecessary pressure on themselves during this time of year. With...

Single moms and Grandparents – Trust or disrespect?

Are your in-laws/parents stressing you out? Do they constantly give unsolicited advice about your child or your parenting methods? Although meddling usually is associated with negative connotations, it’s an appropriate word for the behavior...

Teaching your kids about money – start early

Article by Allison Jarman As a single mom, you probably feel overwhelmed financially. This is not the time to feel sorry for your self or believe the lie that there’s no hope. It is...

Parenting your child’s education

Article by Allison Jarman An article in the Wall Street and a recently published book by Steven Brill again attempts to tackle the task of overhauling public education. What does this mean for the...

How Does Remarriage Affect Children?

If you’re a single mom thinking about remarrying, the decision is certainly a tough one. You certainly do deserve to be happy, but your children do also, so the key is to determine how...

Buying a Car without Getting Ripped Off

They always say that a single woman should bring a man with her when she shops for cars because salespeople are less likely to think they can take advantage of a man. Also men...

Living in a Town to Save Money

Sometimes the bills are tight and you have to take drastic measures just to keep your family afloat. Did you realize that changing the town you live in can actually save you money? It...

Dealing with Empty Nest as a Single Parent

When you’re a single mother, your children are often your entire world, so it is only natural that you feel lost when they finally move out of your home. Every parent suffers from Empty...

Dealing with a Temperamental Child

If your child is temperamental, you have an even more difficult parenting road ahead of you than parents whose children are more stable in terms of mood. This is because you just never know...

The Good Neighbor Next Door Program

The Good Neighbor Next Door Program is run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, also known as HUD.  The basic idea is to make it easier for some civil servants to...

Building a Playhouse for Kids on a Budget

For most of the summer, your kids have been over at the neighbors’ house playing on their swing set and jungle gym, just having a lovely time. The thing is, when your neighbors are...

What to Do to Support Yourself after a Divorce

Going through a divorce can be a trying time in a person’s life, especially if there are children in the picture. Not only are there a bunch of emotions to work through, including hard...

How to Avoid Foreclosure as a Single Mom

If you are a single mom in financial trouble and are worried about paying your mortgage, you are not alone since more and more people nowadays are finding it tough to cover their monthly...

Bogged Down with Lack of Joy?

Being happy and living a stress-free life might seem like a far-off dream, but in reality, it is within our grip. Our level of joy is related to our state of mind and when...

State Help and assistance for Single Moms

Being a single mom is very difficult, but there are plenty of state resources available to help you out. The issue is that many single moms don’t even realize what’s out there in the...

What to Do After Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is a heartbreaking but real situation that happens to both women and men in the United States every day. Domestic abuse can damage individuals, tear apart families, and destroy lives. Domestic abuse...

What do single moms look for in a man?

I have been asked this question numerous times during my time as a single mom. One of the first things to pop into my head is: “no games”. I am then quickly reminded of...

Help for abused and battered women

Domestic Violence – Misconceptions and How to Get Help Domestic or spousal abuse is a pattern of abusive behavior perpetrated by one partner in a marriage or relationship. While men are statistically more likely...

Self improvement tips for single mothers

The single mom improves, not by blaming, but by growing and choosing positive life choices. My time spent as a single mom included a lot of crying in the dark, when my children could...

The Joys Of Singleness

Being a single mom has its ups and downs. There are times when you are dating and it is hard, or times when work conflicts with your children’s activities. However, when it is all...

Overcoming Blended Family Problems

Bringing two families together in marriage is called creating a blended family. While a single mom and single dad may be in love with each other, it is possible that the kids may not...

Dealing With an Alcoholic Dad

Parents have a big impact on how your children turn out and how they feel about themselves. While many parents think that what they do has nothing to do with their children, they are...

Dating Advice for Widows

Losing your spouse can be very difficult. After some time of grieving, you may find yourself wanting to find someone else to share your life with. Dating is not something that most people think...

Single Moms Dating Single Dads

Dating is difficult no matter who you are, but if you are dating and have children, you have even more issues and considerations.  Single moms dating single dads may seem like a dating relationship...

Introducing Kids to a New Boyfriend

Being a mom and dating brings with it many different considerations and problems. One of these is how much to expose your child or children to your dating adventures. Before you even begin dating,...

When Single Parenting Gets Tough

Sometimes I don’t like being a single mother very much. Don’t get me wrong, I love my son more than anything. It’s the fact that I undertake the parenting part of the business completely...

Moms Leaving an Abusive Relationship

Abuse is not something that anyone should have to live with, but an abusive relationship is often very difficult to leave and get out of.  Children in the midst of this situation is even...

Inspiration from My Teen Son

I was having dinner with my son last night and asked him how he felt about turning 18 in a couple of days. His witty reply was, “I can buy the lotto.” Now you...

Cheap Vacation Ideas for Single Moms

Single moms often find it difficult to fit in a vacation for them and their family due to finances.  Even if you are living on one income, you don’t have to completely forgo enjoying...

A New Single Parent Survival Guide

As the mother of a physically active three year old boy, we spend a lot of time outdoors. Recently, I was watching my son enjoy his time at a local park and felt amazed...

The right things to do at baby showers

Expecting a baby in the home is considered a matter of great honor and joy. To greet this new arrival most people arrange baby showers inviting many guests. Whether you are the host or...

Ways of getting over verbal abuse

‘A lash with the tongue is more painful than a physical burn with fire’ is a very old adage. But this is true in all respects and stands fresh in our minds even today....