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...

When you’re a single mom, it can be difficult to afford a place to live that is safe for you and your little ones. It’s possible to find many low cost housing options, but most of them are in high crimes areas. Luckily, you can hope to find a safer place to live by using several government housing assistance programs, such as Emergency Solutions Grants program, Emergency Shelter Program, Housing and Community Facilities Programs, Family Unification Program, and Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8). As a single mom, you...

Medicaid is a very valuable financial assistance program which provides funds for health care costs for individuals and families of low income. It also provides assistance for families with limited resources and families with children who have disabilities. Anybody who is eligible for Medicaid can receive its coverage as there are no waiting lists. If you qualify you will receive the coverage. Medicaid is jointly operated together by the federal government along with the state which runs it. Like the other programs, each state has a different...

Pregnancy is a complicated process and the effects on your body as a woman are quite drastic as the weeks progress. Once an egg is fertilized and implants itself in the uterus, conception has officially happened, and the pregnancy journey starts. Here is a brief outline of the main stages during the full 40 weeks of pregnancy, from the start of pregnancy till you gift birth. Week 4 The pregnancy is growing rapidly.  By the 28th day it is just visible to the naked eye.  Because growth is so rapid from now to the end of the 12th or 13th...

I think most parents are keen to get rid of the hassle and cost of diapers.  Whether you choose to go with disposables or reusable diapers, most parents do not enjoy the effort involved and look forward to their child being potty trained. Children will master daytime potty training well before they can manage to stay dry at night.  Night time potty training is not merely a case of learning a skill, there are physiological changes required to enable a child to master bladder control at night.  If you start too early, you are unlikely...

Your feet are a vital part of your health. Many people don’t consider just how important your feet — and their health — are until something goes wrong. If you are a mom, you are no doubt on your feet for significant parts of the day, caring for the kids, working, and doing household chores. If you are particularly active on your feet (you do a lot of running) or you are heavy, you are potential at risk for a foot condition called ‘Plantar Fasciitis.’ You may never have heard of this condition, but let me tell...

My Children Can’t Afford Lunch at School…What Can I Do? If you can’t afford to buy your kids lunch at school there’s some good news: there ARE some government assistance programs that can help pay for your children’s school lunches, should you apply and gain approval. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally funded meal assistance program.  This program operates in public, nonprofit private schools and residential child care facilities.  It provides low cost or free nutritionally sound lunches...

WIC (also called ‘The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women’) is a program designed to serve certain categories of women, infants and children.  It was created to safeguard the health of the economically disadvantaged for children up to the age of 5.  It provides nutritious foods to supplement diets, information and resources on healthy eating habits and referrals to health care to children who might be at nutrition risk. WIC provides federal grants to states to provide for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding,...

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