Parenting is the hardest job in the world, and if you are doing it solo—that is, if you are a single mom (or single dad,) then you are really working hard. Here are a few tips for keeping your sanity, and in the process role modeling healthy behaviors for your children.
Motherhood requires more sacrifices than can be counted, and it can wear you out physically and emotionally. In order to parent well, however, we need energy, patience, forgiveness, creativity… all the things that disappear when we are exhausted. What to do?
Do you cringe when your kids start a new season of baseball because you know you are about to cough up $300 in sports gear? Would an extra $200 each month help relieve financial stress? Are you desperate for a “date night” with your spouse, but can’t afford a babysitter?
Mistakes are one of the best things that can happen to you – as long as you learn from them. When I talk about my bankruptcy from 2001 I always say, “Mismanaging my money was horribly irresponsible of me, but it was one of the best things that ever happened to me.”