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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.