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It’s estimated that around 1 in 5 kids in America are not getting the amount of food they need and are going hungry.  It’s proven that kids who eat a balanced and nutritious diet on a regular basis will miss less school, get better grades and are more likely to graduate. No money for healthy meals for your kids?  You’re not alone as you can see here. But on a plus side, there are plenty of organizations and federal programs that are available to you.  You don’t need to pack them off to school with just another bag of potato...

There are more single moms in the workplace than ever before.  A recent survey revealed that working moms have increased significantly in recent years.  It was once thought that this trend was largely limited to the poor and minorities.  In this “new age,” single motherhood has become the new norm.  This is due largely to the shift in our society that it is socially accepted to be an unwed mother.  This was virtually unheard of a decade ago. Often, being a full-time mom and the only breadwinner can lead to feelings of guilt and...

  On average a family goes through more than 2500 diapers in the first year, and your baby won’t be fully diaper trained until they’re three years old. That’s a lot of money to spend on anything, even worse when it’s just going in the trash. One option to reduce your costs are using cloth diapers.  These cost more initially to establish a good supply of diapers that will give you enough for each stage, so start buying early to spread the cost out.  You also need to have the space for soaking, washing and drying...

You work hard for what you earn and need to be savvy about filing tax returns. Here are a few pointers on claiming what is rightfully yours from the IRS. You are doing the work of two people as a single parent and need a break. We have made a list of tips for tax breaks that you should consider. If it all sounds far too daunting and you are not sure exactly how to go about filing then you should engage a good tax practitioner. The amount you spend on the tax practitioner’s fee can result in thousands of dollars worth of tax credits and...

Single parenting is a stressful occupation. It’s a job that never ends, even when you’re at your “other” job at the office, the department store, or the supermarket. As a single mom, you probably feel that you don’t have time to breath some days, much less take a few minutes for yourself. But keeping yourself calm and stress-free is important for your health (both physical and mental) as well as the well-being of your family. If you’re stressed out, you’ll find it harder to keep your cool. You...

It’s easy to make a resolution to get healthy and get more exercise, but it’s often hard to get into a routine that fits into your busy day. Many women start out the new year with a schedule that looks good on paper, but after the third week of postponing exercise classes, doing last-minute projects instead of jogging, or just feeling too tired to get off the sofa and move, a lot of schedules and resolutions get abandoned. You can fit exercise into your day more easily than you think, if you just think about exercise in a different...

Being a mother is frustrating, rewarding, time-consuming, worth every effort, and something you wouldn’t give up for a minute – until you run out of minutes, that is. But just because being a single mother means that all of the frustrations and rewards are yours alone, it doesn’t mean you always have to do it alone. Whether you’re just getting ready to face being a single parent, or you’ve learned over the years how to cope with family issues on your own, you need at least one source outside yourself that...

It’s every parent’s nightmare: your child is bleeding, or choking, or unconscious, and you don’t know what to do. Fortunately, there are ways that you can learn what to do in a health emergency so that you’re prepared for the worst.Get organized. First and most importantly, keep a set of emergency numbers close to the telephone, or programmed in your phone; this should include the nearest doctor’s office, the emergency services numbers, your child’s regular doctor, a poison control center, and a “nurse...

Good parenting isn’t just about making sure that your children get to bed on time, eat their vegetables, and brush their teeth every day. That’s all part of keeping your kids healthy, and that’s important, but there’s more to good family health than that. You’ve got to keep your own health in mind, both physical and emotional. You need to find ways to do more in less time – as a single mother, time is one thing you can never have too much of! Read these twenty tips to find out the best ways to have a...

Work, school, household chores, and all of the other details of your busy daily life as a single mom can push cooking to the back burner. Many moms think that it’s quicker and easier to just buy pre-packaged meals at the supermarket and reheat them at home, instead of spending time shopping for ingredients and then cooking (and cleaning up). And it’s true that it can be quicker and easier to simply take a foil-wrapped pan out of a box and stick it in the oven, to open a few cans and dump them in a pan, or to poke a hole in...

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