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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s spring. That perfect time of year when the days get longer, birds are singing, the grass is greener, weather is warmer and leaves start making their appearance on tree branches. But the best part of spring is Spring Break!
For our kids, it’s something to look forward to – a break from school and a change in routine. But for most of us single parents with little time and money, it presents a dilemma.
Ghoulins, goblins, witches and magicians. It’s that scaaaaary but fun time of year again when kids are out late knocking on doors and getting all dressed up to get as many goodies they can get their hands on. For most kids, it’s a day full of excitement and anticipation, but for some parents, it’s a day full of fear and anxiety as the street celebration can sometimes turn ugly.
The internet. It was a technical haven – a place that allowed the family to stay connected, to find the information we needed to do our homework and to become fully self-sufficient and efficient. Before the internet, we would have had to suffer through long line-ups to make purchases, to book time off from work to run errands or to wait on hold for someone to answer a simple question.
When you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and stressed from the incredible amount of responsibility of a single parent, it’s time to take a break!
Valentine’s Day can be a real drag for some of us “single” people. Every year, when Valentine’s Day comes around, some of us fantasize about being showered with gifts, receiving a bouquet of red roses, being whisked away for a weekend getaway or being surprised by that special someone in our life. But for us single folks, Valentine’s Day has become somewhat of a disappointment and only reinforces the fact that we have no one.