For single parent families headed by moms, Father’s Day can bring a mixed bag of emotions. As you see families having brunch celebrating their dad’s special day, it’s hard to resist the thought of what it may be like for your kids (especially if they are boys) not to have a father to celebrate with.
We are a world addicted to our technology gadgets. Constantly checking emails, tweets, phone messages or getting updates from our various feeds from our mobile devices. This hyper connectivity has turned us into super multi-taskers sometimes listening, reading, watching all at the same time with no particular focus. While some of us are great at filtering the unnecessary time-consuming activities, others get hooked by small distractions and next thing you know, you’ve spent 2 hours watching a stupid video on Youtube instead of cooking dinner for the kids.
Financial success is not determined by the amount of money you make, but it’s what you do with what you make that will determine whether you achieve your financial goals. If you eat out too often or you have impulsive buying habits, it may take you longer to save towards your goals. If you tend to shop at more expensive grocery stores for convenience rather than driving a few more miles to the cheaper stores, where you can buy cheaper in bulk, then your food expense will eat at your weekly budget.
Now that Christmas is over, we can finally recover from the holiday shopping blitz. It seems that no matter how much I tell myself that I will not overspend, I never stick to the program. So, I find myself scrimping for the next three months following Christmas.
Imagine getting hit with an unexpected cost like a car repair that will cost you thousands or a medical bill that’s not covered by your insurance. What if you suddenly lost your job? Do you have enough to survive the next few months?
It’s a competitive world and technology challenges your daily norm. So how do we, as single moms and dads, keep our skills relevant and remain competitive? Commit yourself to learn something new. Get outside of your comfort zone and expand your knowledge.
It’s easy to put things off when your schedule is jammed packed. With so many tasks to juggle on a daily basis, sometimes the most important ones are left for the next day. Time is our enemy. When it’s spent, we can never get take it back. It’s limited and irreplaceable so make sure you spend it wisely – every day.
Here are some tips and advice to help you keep moving forward and removing all obstacles and urges to procrastinate.
When you’re parenting on your own, you need to be a jack of all trades and a master multi-tasker. There isn’t enough time in the day to do everything and you may find yourself exhausted. If your kids are young, it takes a lot of physical energy to keep up with their dynamic, vibrant personalities and if they are adolescents, it takes a lot of emotional strength to manage the challenges they’ll throw at you.
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.
Prioritizing means finding the highest value task and giving it the focus, energy and time to get it done. It requires making decisions on what to do and what not to do so you can achieve your goal. With limited time and resources, you have to accept the fact that you will not always be able to give all your tasks equal attention.
Valentine’s day is here again and if you’ve been with the same lover for many years, you may be running out of Valentine’s ideas. Don’t let this year go down in relationship history as just “another Valentine’s day”. Be creative. Be original.
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.
With the new age of technology and the plethora of dating sites, even some catered to single parents, it seems almost possible to date once again without cutting too much into your regular jam-packed single parent schedule.
The dating scene is bad enough out there. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of great people to meet, but it takes a while to sift through them all. The dating experience is so time-consuming and as we all know, time is a scarce resource even more so for single parents. But I guess it’s pretty easy to filter through all the date potentials after you tell him that you’re a single parent. That’s usually been my way of scaring people off.
It’s time to put the barbeque grill and the patio set away. Summer is over and school is back in session.
As the labour day weekend concludes, anxiety builds as the first week back in school forces you into high gear. You suddenly find yourself multitasking in double time and performing a difficult juggling act.