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It is Possible to Enjoy the Holidays as a Single Mom!

It is Possible to Enjoy the Holidays as a Single Mom!

Being a single mom can be what keeps you up all night, but you’re not the first and you won’t be the last. Sure, things can get on top of you and you can feel like life is just one uphill struggle. This is especially […]

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 be a self-fulfilling prophecy – if you let it be. It’s the single biggest task many young parents face, but that goes the same for married couples anyway – so don’t let it faze you.

It’s either something that you can take on the chin and succeed with, or it’s something you can lay down and die with. But the key thing is you cannot let that fear stop you from doing so, because you have a lifetime in front of you.

And that’s precisely what we’re here to help you with, to some degree – by showing you these 3 examples of single mothers on the silver screen that you can take solace from. Regardless of their complex life circumstances (really, can there be anything more to expect from Hollywood), they did not take it lying down, nor did they let themselves drown in self-pity – and we can all learn something from them, regardless of our lot in life. Let’s get to them!

1. Maria Enders in Clouds of Sils Maria

Clouds of Sils Maria came out in 2014 featuring a stellar performance from Juliette Binoche as Maria Enders, a mature movie celebrity who had a role to play as a young businesswoman who was in some sort of relationship with a young secretary (played by Kristen Stewart). The interesting interplay between Binoche and Stewart really reflects the strength of Maria Enders as a character as an actress, and demonstrates a woman’s grace under pressures in life – something we all can learn from. Truly one of the more interesting films in recent memory.

2. Alice Howland in Still Alice

Still Alice is an independent drama that came out in 2014 featuring a lot of heavy themes – themes that will almost certainly be recognized by single parents and married couples alike. It features a once-in-a-lifetime performance by Julianne Moore as Alice Howland, a linguistics professor who wakes up one day with hallmark signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. But in spite of it all, Alice lives through harsh realities of life as an AD patient, and her struggle as she rapidly descends into madness is harrowing, but at the same time affirmative of the fact that we have one life to live.

3. Amy Elliott Dunne in Gone Girl

Gone Girl is a psycho thriller that came out in 2014, based on the eponymous bestseller that became a part of many a bookshelf. It features yet another stellar performance from Rosamund Pike as Amy Elliott Dunne featuring a thriller that goes on a number of twists, turns, and wild swerves that will keep you on the edge of your seat – but yet again shows a triumph of the spirit in that, despite all of what has happened to her, she is determined to live a normal life.

We’re not going to give too much away in terms of the plot so as not to spoil any of these films for you – but we’re definitely telling you to see them if you can. Because life is worth living and fighting for.

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 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 a bit perhaps you’ll find some inspiration from this article. You may be surprised to know that there are a lot of successful single mom’s out there that you are quite familiar with. Below are some of the world’s most famous single mom’s.

Jewel

Jewel was a huge star in the early 90’s and while her popularity isn’t what it once was she’s still a recognized star. She also happens to be a single mom. She continues to write songs and perform, but her son Kase is the real priority in her life. Fortunately she’s managed to maintain a positive relationship with her ex-husband which is always better for the child, but she remains the primary care giver in the child’s life. For here there are no issues at all juggling family and career it’s just that family always comes first. This is a lady that knows what it takes to succeed on all fronts.

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock is one of the best actors in Hollywood, but she never really had a family of her own until recently. Although she’s been single for a while after her rather public split with Jesse James she still had the desire to be a mom. She chose the adoption route and now juggles two children and a career. Her family is happy and well-adjusted because she spends a great deal of time with her children. It hasn’t harmed her career either as she is still one of the most in demand actresses in Hollywood today.

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes is a household name, partially because of her own career and partially because of her public and complicated divorce from actor Tom Cruise. It may not have been the healthiest marriage, but it did produce a lovely daughter they named Suri. Since the divorce she’s devoted most of her time taking care of her daughter with the career on the backburner, but she is still active. She’s further proof that you can be a successful single mom. It will be interesting to see where she goes next, but Tom Cruise’s rather large shadow doesn’t seem to be slowing her down.

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 […]

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 do you find the time to keep fit and healthy so that you have the strength and stamina to handle all of these competing demands? Let’s face it – you don’t have time for a gym membership; it’s just not practical.

The best solution is to try to fit in a workout at home whenever you can, and that means having the right equipment on hand, such as a treadmill or an elliptical. You might want to start by checking out the latest treadmill trends for solutions that can be useful in real life, and if a treadmill is not for you, perhaps one of the other ideas below will suit you better.

Get the Kids Involved

A fun way to stay fit and to spend quality time with the kids is to get them involved in your exercise program. This is one of my favorite options, and I can tell you my kids are only too happy to participate. If you’ve got a local walking trail near your house, get out and hit the trail, and bring the kids along. If you’re worried about their pace slowing you down, let them bring their bikes. They’ll have fun and you’ll get the exercise you need as well. Try to turn it into a daily after-dinner routine and you’ll reap the rewards of a healthy new you in no time.

Video Workouts

There are plenty of great video workout programs out there that can help you change your life for the better. For these, it might be best to subscribe to a site like BeachBody that allows you to choose from a variety of different workout programs and styles so that you can find one that you actually like. The other benefit of a system like this is that you can mix it up once in a while to keep things interesting. The overwhelming majority of people who quit their workout programs do so because they get bored with the same routine. This kind of system is an effective solution to that problem.

Lean on Parents, Family, or Friends

Another great method for finding time to squeeze a workout into the busy schedule of a single mom is to enlist help. We often let our pride get in our way, not wanting to admit that we can’t do everything ourselves. But that’s ridiculous! Everyone needs help from time to time. For most of us there’s bound to be parents, family members, or friends that are more than willing to help out. I know my parents love spending time with the kids and are happy to lend a hand while I hit the gym or the local hiking trail. In most cases, you just have to ask the question. So it’s time to stop making excuses, and get started on the path to a healthy new you.

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 […]