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.
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.
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.
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.
The temptation to buy is all around us. If you’re a spender, you’ll find it hard to resist the temptation to reach for your credit card every time you want something. You have trouble separating your wants from your needs and struggle to pay off the full balance on your credit card each month let alone save each month. If this sounds like you and you want to make a change, here are some tips to help you take control of your money.
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.
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.