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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...

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,...

This article is part of our free Financing to Freedom series which teaches moms to make a part time income on the side through FREELANCING. The motto of the Peace Corps is “the toughest job you’ll ever love” – and that’s a great motto for parenting, as well. Single parents know that when you’re the only one doing that job, there’s a lot of time involved. If you’re one of the millions of single moms who also work outside the home, you probably can’t imagine finding time in your already...

If you’re a single mom, you’re probably a very busy lady. You have to take on all the normal duties of parenthood alone, and you also have to assume the mantle of breadwinner and go out to earn a living. At the end of the working day, when traditional bread winners come home and flop into an armchair or onto the couch with the newspaper and a glass of beer to await dinner, there’s no such luxury for you. You come in from work, pick the kids up from the child minder, tidy the house after the morning chaos, and set about...

“Dispelling the myths that can interfere with successful breastfeeding”   Breastfeeding your baby is one of the most important things that you can do to give her a good start in life. It not only provides your baby with the best possible nutrition (no formula can quite match it, breastmilk is perfectly designed for human babies) but it also provides essential protection aginst infection and illness. A breastfed baby enjoys the comfort of that very special closeness with her mother, and the skin on skin contact that she loves. Breastfeeding...

So you are taking home your new baby, do you know what you are in for? Sure you have prepared for this moment for a long time. You have bought all the right stuff and read everything you could get your hands on. But actually living with a baby 24/7 is a whole new experience. There is a steep learning curve when it comes to parenting. There will be many, many new experiences that you will have to learn to handle and work through. But how exactly do you cope with a new baby? What will be some of the most challenging things you will have...

Whether  you began your pregnancy knowing that you would be a single mom  or whether something went wrong along the way, being on your own and expecting your first baby can be daunting. There’s a bewildering array of baby goods in the stores, online and advertised in magazines. Moms’ forums are packed with people raving about the latest products for babies…and if you ‘re on a tight budget you might well be really worrying about how much you’re going to have to spend. Some moms seem to spend a fortune, but...

So, you’re a single mom, and you’re doing OK. Congratulations1 You’ve taken on the tough job of coping alone and raising a family, and you’re surviving. Not only that, you’re dating again, so you’re well on the road to a new and happier life. But, dating as a single mom opens up a new list of problems. Your kids are your first conv...

If you are about to give birth for the first time, you could be wondering about the mysterious ‘bonding’ between you and you child that is so talked about. You might even be worried that it may not happen; that it may not happen as soon as the child is born…or you may even be wondering what on earth this ‘bonding’ is.   Bonding is...

It is an age old question, whether to nurse or not to nurse? Opinions vary from the extreme of: “Breastfeeding your child is the only option. To not breastfeed is tantamount to abuse”. All the way to: “There is no huge difference between breastfeeding and bottle feeding and it should not matter how a women decides to feed her child”. Recently, there has been a lot of advertisement pushing the superiority of breast milk over formula. But is this actually true? Do the benefits of breastfeeding out weigh the drawbacks? And, what about...

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