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6 Simple Ideas for Healthier Packed Lunches for Children

6 Simple Ideas for Healthier Packed Lunches for Children

Single moms are awesome in many ways – they are breadwinners, they are homemakers, they are disciplinarians, and they are fighters. Regardless of how things ended up to be that way, we tip our hat to the millions and millions of single mothers all over […]

3 Life-Affirming Movies We Can Learn From as Single Mothers

3 Life-Affirming Movies We Can Learn From as Single Mothers

Survival is part and parcel of the life of a single mother. See, single parenthood is sometimes unfairly seen as a curse more than it is a blessing – for reasons that aren’t unknown to either you and I. And single parenthood could very well […]

5 Stay at Home Jobs for the Single Mom

5 Stay at Home Jobs for the Single Mom

Some of the most admirable people I’ve ever met are single moms. A single mom has to take on the roll of mother, father, and provider for her children. It’s a challenging life, but you’ll find most take on the challenge without any complaints. They’re the closest thing to real superheroes that we’ll probably ever meet. Probably the biggest challenge they face is trying to juggle a career while still being there for their children when needed. We’ve put together a list of 4 great jobs single moms can do from home around their already hectic schedules and help them make some extra money.

Tutoring

Just because you’re a single mom it doesn’t mean you don’t have a lot of skills to offer. If you’re a university or college graduate you may want to consider the option of becoming an online tutor. There are many different sites that are always looking to hire online tutors, so if you’re qualified this can be a great choice. Remember to adjust the height, tilt and lumbar settings on your home office chair though as once you get started tutoring a child you will have to remain in that seated position for quite a while. This may be the main drawback of tutoring – it does allow you to work from home, but it also requires some structure as you have to work on a specific schedule.

Freelance Writing

As a writer myself I think the second option on our list may be the best choice for single moms. A freelance writer has a lot of freedom to choose which projects they want to work on and when they want to do it. There are many different jobsites you can use to find work this way and there are always clients looking for help. Don’t worry if you’re writing skills aren’t quite as good as you would like it is something you can get better at with practise. If you want to get started just do a quick search and you’ll be amazed at the options out there.

Data Clerk

If you’re not overly confident with your skill set tutoring or freelance writing may seem a little scary. Another good idea is to search out some basic data entry jobs. These can typically be performed anywhere and anytime. It’s a little tedious and it’s certainly not a glamorous job, but clients are usually quite flexible and that means you can fit it in your schedule whenever you have time.

Online Customer Service

For those that aren’t bothered by having to work a set schedule an online customer service roll could be a great option. If you’ve visited a site with a button that you can click to talk to a customer service representative you’ll know what I’m talking about. This can be a rewarding and challenging job. You get to share some of your personal wisdom with others and you get to do it from your Livingroom. That’s not a bad gig and it’s probably ideal for a mom looking to make some money while the kids are at school.

The Sales Game

One final option I want to mention is what I like to call the Sales Game. With a bit of research you can find products that are in high demand and purchase them in bulk through Amazon or eBay. The trick is then to turn around and sell them individually at a profit through a service such as eBay. There are people who do quite well at this sort of thing, but it’s not for everybody. If you’ve always had a knack for the art of the deal this may be just the type of opportunity you’ve been looking for.

The Smart Home and the Single Mom

The Smart Home and the Single Mom

Parenting as a single mother can be a great challenge that can seem a little overwhelming at times. Some have the luxury of a great family support system, but that’s not the case for all single mothers. Many have to rely on their own determination […]

Three Famous Single Moms

Three Famous Single Moms

Single moms have been the force behind a lot of families for a long time and they deserve to be recognized for their hard work. So kudo’s to all the great single mothers out there reading this and if you’re a single mom that’s struggling […]

Five Ways to Improve the Bond With Your Daughter this Summer

Five Ways to Improve the Bond With Your Daughter this Summer

The bond between mothers and daughters is intense and powerful – albeit complicated at times. However, the relationship between mothers and daughters requires a bit more effort from both parties for it to mature and develop. At times, it can be overwhelming to maintain a relationship that it is not only founded on trust but on friendship as well. To create a lasting bond, it is essential to spend time together and the effort put forth into bonding is what allows the relationship to blossom.

Despite any miscommunications or hurt that may occur, the bond should be strong enough to sustain your relationship. Spending time together entails finding activities that both the mother and daughter have in common. The activities can range from elaborate dates such as visits to the spa to simple and inexpensive activities such as gardening together. As summer approaches, both mom and daughter have to find activities that can fill their time and improve the relationship. Here are 5 ways you can improve your bond with your daughter in these coming summer months.

1. Participate In Girly-Girl Things That You Both Love

Girly events such as spa dates or visits to the beauty bar can strengthen the relationship between mothers and their daughters. During these dates, both the mother and daughter can engage in frank conversations in an open and relaxing environment. If a spa is not part of the budget, you can execute a mock spa date in the comfort of your home.

2. Raise It Up A Notch By Going On A Camping Trip

Camping instills a bond of friendship, and it reaffirms one that already exists. Being surrounded by nature has a way of bringing out the best personality in each person, and if both mother and daughter enjoy outdoor activities, then camping is definitely the way to go. Why not plan a camping trip with your daughter for the whole family? My daughters and I did this and arranged for a trip out in the Catskills of New York, with friends. We went camping with eight people and it was an unforgettable experience. You can do that, too!

3. Learn A Common Hobby

It could be baking, gardening or cake decorating. Both mother and daughter should engage in a brainstorming session to find an activity that is acceptable to both parties. If both are interested in learning a new skill together, they can learn to support each other through the process, which helps to solidify the bond.

4. The Mother And Daughter That Lift Together…

Physical activity can also help to improve the relationship between mothers and daughters. Physical activities are not only good for your health, but they also help to maintain the interaction. The support and motivation offered when getting fit together allow mother and daughter to understand each other and it creates a deeper sense of respect for one another.

5. Volunteer

Volunteering allows both moms and daughters to appreciate each other. Volunteering allows mothers to teach their daughters the value of giving and as both parties leave the activity feeling fulfilled, the relationship is strengthened by the bond of doing something wonderful together.

The summer months are fast approaching – better get on the move with your planning if you want to achieve anything in time! Best of luck!

Financial Independence for the Single Mom

Financial Independence for the Single Mom

If you’re just starting out as a single mom, the world can seem like a very big place. You’re likely filled with a lot of doubt, wondering how you can possibly cope with everything that’s being thrown at you. Perhaps you’re not too worried at […]

How to Stay Fit and Be a Great Single Mom

How to Stay Fit and Be a Great Single Mom

If there’s one thing the single mom doesn’t have a lot of, it’s spare time. There are so many demands on your time, between the kids, the career, and trying to run a household, that you have very little opportunity for anything else. So how […]

Mealtime Made Easy for the Single Mom

Mealtime Made Easy for the Single Mom

For a single mom, time is always at a premium – after all, you’re filling the role of both mom and dad. That can all seem a little overwhelming at times, but as long as you have a plan, it doesn’t have to be more than you can handle. With a little bit of advanced planning you can be that organized mom that always seems to have her act together. This all starts with an organized kitchen, and while I don’t recommend cooking all of your kids’ meals in a microwave, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have one on hand to warm up meals you’ve prepared ahead of time.

The Oven Shopper has some good options if your microwave is in need of replacement, but there are plenty of other great ideas to make mealtime easier for the single mom; we’ll take a closer look at those below.

Making Your Own Fresh Bread

All moms want the best for their children and that includes the freshest food possible, but who has time to make their own food from scratch? For most busy moms, it’s easier just to take the simple route and buy pre-made meals; offering your kids fresh food that they actually enjoy doesn’t have to be an ordeal. Have you thought about buying a bread maker for the home? You might not recognize every feature of the modern bread maker, as these are much different from the one your mom had. And that’s a good thing – these modern machines are much easier to use and essentially do all of the work for you. There’s no reason you can’t provide fresh homemade bread for your family at mealtime – all you need is a few minutes to add the ingredients, and the machine does the rest.

Speed Up Cooking with Convection

Conventional ovens are great, but if you’re late getting home and you don’t have time to wait an hour for a meal to cook because you have two hungry and cranky kids standing by, it may be time to consider alternative solutions. A popular choice is the convection oven, because it reduces cooking times and, as an added bonus, cooks your food more evenly. Convection technology is not new, but it has come down in price in recent years to the point that it’s now within reach of the single working mom. If you want to learn more about this technology and why it could be a good addition to your kitchen, check out this great article at Fine Cooking for some more background.

Prepared Meals

I have a friend that cooks all of her meals for the week on Sunday. She also happens to be a successful single mom and her great organizational skills have a lot to do with this. Sure, she spends a good portion of her Sunday cooking, but it’s something she enjoys and it makes the rest of her week a heck of a lot easier to handle. Every weeknight when she arrives home from work, she simply warms up one of the dinners in the oven or the microwave, depending on the nature of the meal, and sits back and kicks her feet up on the couch after a hard day at work. You can find some great tips to launch your own meal preparing Sunday routine here. Planning your meals like this can reduce a lot of stress from your work week and keep the kids satisfied by eating a healthy meal each day.

Takeout Night

It might seem like a scary word for the mom that wants to make sure her kids eat healthy, but there’s nothing wrong with dedicating one night a week as “takeout” night. Everyone needs a treat once in a while, and if you eat healthy the rest of the week there’s no reason you can’t treat the kids to a pizza once a week (or whatever the household favorite is). It’s a treat for them and for you as it’s one less meal you have to prepare on Sunday. And you don’t even have to warm it up – all you have to do is pay the delivery guy.

The Importance of Routine for the Single Mom

The Importance of Routine for the Single Mom

I like to think of my life as organized chaos; for anyone looking at it from the outside, it probably looks a lot more chaotic than anything else. It’s tough, juggling all of the responsibilities that come with being a single mom, but I manage […]