Today’s economy is very tough for everyone, especially single mothers. With skyrocketing prices for even the most basic commodities, making ends meet can be particularly challenging. Here are some steps to help you survive the economy as a single mother.
- Confidence. Before anything else, you need to have confidence in yourself. Nobody said that it will be easy, but remember that nobody said either it would be impossible. A positive and optimistic outlook is very important because it is the only thing that will keep you going when you start facing the problems that comes with raising your children single-handedly.
- Home based jobs. Try to get home based jobs that will allow you to take care of your children while still earning some money. There are actually a number of online jobs that you can choose, such as freelance writing, graphics design, web design, and even transcription services that you can do online. You can even work as a customer service representative, if you have a mike and connected to your computer. With an Internet connection and a little bit of patience, you should be able to find a job that will give you money without forcing yourself to spend long hours away from home.
- Public assistance. In some cases, you may need to get help from the government. There are some help packages that are given to single mothers who are not earning enough to feed the entire family. These are not permanent solutions, but it will definitely help you in your times of need. Do not be afraid to ask for a little bit of help every now and then. Apart from getting assistance from public agencies, also ask your friends and your family for a little bit of help. For instance, a couple of your friends may be willing to baby sit for you when you need to be in town.
- Play groups. Joining play groups is a great way to connect with other parents who may be able to share tips for raising children. Some play groups also have single mothers that know exactly what you are going through, and will be willing to help you. With play groups, you get more time on your hand because other parents will take care of your children for a couple of hours each week for you. Keep in mind, however, that you also need to be able to free up your schedule so that you can oversee the play groups once it is your turn.
- Downsize and cut back. Being realistic is very important when you are a single mother. You should know that you will need to cut back on your expenses and remove all but the most basic purchases. If you don’t need cable TV services, cut it. If you don’t need an extra cellphone, unsubscribe to the plan. You need to live as simply as possible. Remember, your children need love and attention to be happy at home. They don’t need excessive luxuries that you can’t actually afford to give on them.
Finally, be sure to spend a lot of time bonding with your children. You are both the mother and the father figure at home, and you are basically the only parent that your children know. This means that you need to be extra loving to your children at all times. With these in mind, you should be able to survive as a single mom even with today’s economy.