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Top Ten Reasons Why Single-Mothers Can Support Their Family.
- You are stronger than anyone you know.
- If you are raising children, then you are already doing what you think you can’t do.
- Whether you know it or not, you have marketable skills.
- There are dozens of job boards with listings updating every day.
- Many states and counties have job services for anyone looking for employment. Ohio has, Ohio Means Jobs
- With your skills, consider starting your own business. With the internet, it’s as easy as 1,2,3.
- Work from home. www.theworkathomewife.com has hundreds of tried and true, no-scam, options
- You can take advantage of the many social programs that local government and charities offer such as food pantries, free clothes, the library, and after-school care.
- Money doesn’t grow on trees, but you are resourceful and will find a way to bring in extra dollars.
- It is never too late to start over. Go back to college, trade school, or take free/low-cost courses online.
If you are a single mother, chances are that you might have had a pity moment. That minute when you started to feel sorry for yourself. You didn’t ask for your circumstances, in fact, you can’t believe that you are in the situation you are in. It’s time for you to join the ranks of single-mothers that can support their family.
I understand what it is like to wake up one day and wonder, “how did I get here?” It’s okay to take a beat and sigh. I believe that you must mourn the loss of what once was – the spouse, income, a house, a lifestyle, or a great job. If you need to cry, do so. If you need a day to eat ice cream for breakfast and fast food for dinner, then you should do that. However, one day is all you get.
It is not okay to stay there.
You cannot stay in mourning, pining over what used to be, what should have been, or what you would have done differently. It is time to get up and get going. Wipe away the tears, put your shoes on, and get up because you are going places. You are a single mother who must support her family.
A single-mom does not have the luxury of depression, down-days, or mental moments. Moms have little ones counting on them. Take a look at those children. They are blessings that need help and guidance. They need love and attention. They need you to be a positive role model and an example of how to overcome. They do not need designer clothes, smartphones, tablets or whatever material thing “everyone” has.
At the end of the day, you want your children to say, “Mom spent time with me, hugged me, and supported me. Without mom, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
You will never hear them say, “Mom gave me a phone, expensive jeans, and a computer. Without those things, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Keep that in mind the next time they are begging for material things that are not in your new budget. Instead of going shopping, take your kids someplace where they can have fun, laugh, enjoy nature, or blow off some steam – for free.
Remember, it’s not over until it’s over. You are strong and brave. Overcoming adversity is in your nature. You are a single mother, you can support your family and you will.
Smile Mom, you got this!