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...

Whether you’ve been a single parent for years, or this is the first holiday season that you have to cope with how to handle a change in your family situation, you still want to make sure that your children have happy memories of the holidays. This time of year can be hard for single moms, who often have to make hard decisions about what they can afford, or how much time they can take off work to share in the celebrations. It’s especially hard if you have to arrange that time to share the season between two or more families...

Savvy shoppers know that there are tricks to squeezing every last penny out of the family budget when shopping for groceries, household essentials, and even treats like toys and electronic games. Are you a savvy shopper? Once you’ve read the tips in this article, you’ll know when and where to go – and you’ll be shopping like a pro. Strategy #1: Buy at non-peak times of the year Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Two-for-one Tuesday – whatever the sale, there’s a name for it. What many people don’t know...

When you’re working with a limited budget, it’s not always easy to figure out what to buy at the grocery store or supermarket. Do you focus on making sure your kids are getting enough protein, and head towards the meat counter? Are you worried whether they’re getting enough calcium, and add extra milk and cheese to your cart? And what about the “5 a day” rule for fruits and vegetables? What kind should you buy, and how do you choose between fresh and frozen? Most importantly, what can you afford to add to...

Every mother knows how quickly kids grow, and how hard it is to keep up with their clothing needs for school, sports, and home. Sometimes it seems as if you just bought your son a new pair of pants the week before, and he’s already grown out of them! Because your kids are your first priority, you always make sure there’s enough money to get them the shoes and clothes they need, and you’re probably used to finding bargains for kids’ clothes. But what about your own wardrobe? It’s easy to forget that you need...

Many single mothers rely on child support for additional money each month after a divorce, especially if they weren’t working before, or have lost their job, or need to stay at home with the kids instead of looking for other work. Unfortunately, anything to do with child support or money will often add even more tension to a situation that’s already difficult. That’s why every state has laws and regulations set up to make sure single parents get the support they need for their children. Here’s how to apply for child...

Protecting your child from harm is something you’ve always focused on. Whether it’s been by putting up a baby gate, making sure cupboards and doors are locked, strapping her into a car seat, or dressing him warmly before letting him out to play, you’ve done your best to make sure that your child is safe from physical harm. That might even be one of the reasons you’ve decided to get divorced or separate from your partner. However, during the process of divorce and the long-term decisions surrounding custody and visitation,...

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