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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 […]

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 […]

Taking Time to Pamper Yourself

Taking Time to Pamper Yourself

There’s no argument – being a single mom can be challenging. Between getting the kids off to school, rushing to your 9 to 5 job, and then scurrying back to pick up the kids for after-school activities, where do you find time for yourself? The answer is simple – you have to make the time. Reward yourself with little gifts that make you feel special and like it’s all worth it. A simple thing may be the little lift in your day – think of buying make up, a hair dryer, or, in my case, a curling iron, because this is best for a curly hairdo.

Here are some other small things you can do on a limited budget to remind yourself you’re still an individual – with your own needs and desires.

Mommy Movie Night

There’s nothing quite like a good movie to transport you away from all of your troubles and let you catch a glimpse of another world, even if it is just for a moment. The challenges of our lives aren’t going to go away, but there’s nothing wrong with putting them out of sight in a little compartment for a couple of hours while you eat some popcorn and stare at the flat screen in your living room with intense concentration. There are plenty of great movies out there, but if you’re looking for some inspiration, you may want to check out the Internet Movie Database’s list of top 100 chick flicks of all time. There are a lot of great movies here, and if you’re someone who happens to prefer the action movies, imdb is a great place to look for these movies as well.

The Home Spa Treatment

With little time for yourself after spending most of your day trying to give your kids the best life possible, you may not have the opportunity to spend a few hours at that exclusive spa in the country. There’s also the small matter of trying to justify the expense if your adorable little girl should need a new pair of glasses. Like most single mothers, you’re always going to choose your daughter’s needs over your own, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for compromise. The first step is to make sure you have all of the supplies you’ll need to give yourself a home spa treatment, such as loofahs, essential oils, and a face and body cleansing scrub. You just have to wait until the kids are tucked away in bed, and then it’s time to transport yourself away to that home spa. For some great ideas on how to make your home spa time a soothing and relaxing experience, you may want to visit babble.com for some inspirations.

Curling Up with a Good Book

I love movies as much as the next person, but for me there’s nothing quite like a good book to take me away from all of the troubles of life and make me forget about everyday things for a while. Books allow you to envision a world as your novel pictures it, and that can be an incredibly rewarding experience. We all have our own favorite genres and this makes it hard to point you in the right direction, but a great place to start is the New York Times best seller list. There’s a good chance you’ll find a great read that appeals to your own tastes on this list.