For most families, the holiday season is a joyous time of year but for others, like divorced and single parent families, it can be a really dreadful and stressful time. The holiday tradition of reminiscing tends to conjure bittersweet feelings for both parents and children of divorced families. Holiday celebrations remind them of the way things “used to be” and awakens them to the reality of a compromised celebration. The holidays will never be the same again.
Christmas holiday is a time for family, fun and festivities. It’s a special time that delivers an air of excitement for both adults and kids alike. For most, it is the happiest time of the year, for others, it’s a stressful and lonely time. The holidays can be a real challenge for some families, like single parent families, who face the reality of a split visitation arrangement with their kids and a tighter gift giving budget.
Christmas is an expensive time of year. No matter how much we try to save throughout the year, we still find ourselves spending beyond our budget. With Christmas ad campaigns on radio and tv encouraging us to spend, spend, spend, it’s no wonder we go into debt to satisfy gift giving expectations.
If you’re a parent with young kids, the greatest fear is losing a child. When you are a single parent, you may not have the luxury of having the support of your ex-spouse in watching your children after school or shuttling them back and forth to their activities. You juggle between work demands and your kids’ needs. Safety is always top-of-mind for any parent because the idea of losing them is just too tragic and unthinkable.
The latest statistics indicate that the average age of children with smartphones is now age 10 according to a study called “Kids and Tech: The Evolution of Today’s Digital Natives”. Because of the growing usage of phones in our everyday lives, we should think about how we can turn this digital platform from entertainment into a productivity tool that helps support our kids’ learning process in school. There are a number of apps in the market that can help keep your child’s mind sharp while keeping them organized and productive.
You may have noticed that the price of school supplies and everything else for that matter is increasing at a rate faster than our wages. If you’re like me, you’re probably looking for ways to stay within your budget as your disposable income shrinks.
When I start to hear those back-to-school commercials on TV and radio or see those advertisements online, my heart sinks. It’s a reminder that the summer is coming to a close and it’s time to change gears to get back into the rat race.
I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly not looking forward to being much busier. As a career mom and grad student, I am personally experiencing the pressures of creating a well-organized planner and schedule to keep my head above water.
Many single parent families struggle to survive. Most have the will to be successful but few have the tools. If you have the right attitude and discipline, you can and will achieve success. The first step is creating habits and conditions conducive to a successful mindset (see Success Forming Habits Part 1) and the next step is putting it into practice and adding new ideas to your routine.
No matter how busy you are, if you have the drive, passion and discipline, you will succeed at achieving what you set out to do but easier said than done.
As single parents, like everyone else, we can easily get distracted by so many things during the day as we juggle, multi-task and divide our limited time amongst the many tasks we have to do during the day. Unlike the dual income, couple parent families, you don’t have the financial means, the time and the extra set of hands to help you get things done. So it is even more critical for you to stay focused, disciplined and motivated.
Summer time is here! As the cost of living continues to rise, most of us single parent families may no longer be able to afford the summer camp for kids. To keep the kids busy and engaged throughout the summer, try some of these low-cost or free summer time activities that you can do with them for fun.
Kids have anticipated this all year long – summer vacation. In my adolescent years, I remember my summer vacations being the best time of my life. I had no responsibilities, I can sleep in all day, I didn’t have homework and I had lots of time to hang out and do whatever I wanted. Yes, those were the days.
Mother’s Day doesn’t have to break the piggy bank each year. After all, the best things in life are free. So kids listen up! If you can’t afford to buy your mom that fancy, thingy majigger that she always talks about, give her an experience that is heartfelt, meaningful and free.
It’s easy to adopt the victim mentality when you feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of lone parenting, and it may seem like a dark and dreadful journey, but single parenting does get better.
Easter has a different meaning for many families. If you are Christian, this is one of the most important times of the year along with Christmas. For others, it is about Easter bunnies, the egg hunt, Easter bonnets and the start of spring. Here are two different perspectives on celebrating Easter for your single parent family.