AS A SINGLE MOTHER MYSELF AND SIMPLY A FELLOW HUMAN BEING, I CAN TELL YOU THAT I KNOW HOW HARD IT CAN BE FROM TIME TO TIME. BEING A SINGLE MOTHER IS HARD ENOUGH AS IT IS, AND WITH ADDED STRESS FROM BILLS, WORK, PERSONAL LIFE, AND WELL, RAISING CHILDREN ON YOUR OWN, IT CAN SEEM LIKE IT’S YOU AGAINST THE WORLD AND THAT THE WORLD’S WINNING.
But I’m here to tell you that that’s not the case, and I’m here to give you 7 amazing resources that could help you in staying positive through hardships as a single mother.
7 Amazing Resources for Single Mothers
You’re not alone in your emotional struggles. This resource titled “An Emotional Survival Guide for Single Moms” is a great resource for moms who feel like they’re the only ones in the world feeling the way they do. It is full of a list of emotions and solutions provided by other single moms who have gone through the same things. It’s not a cure-all but it’s definitely a way to feel less alone, and it could at least give you some great perspectives on how to cope with some of the hardships of being a single parent.
We all face financial struggles. RichSingleMomma is a great blog for single mothers seeking financial advice from someone who knows exactly what they’re going through (a.k.a. Not some middle-aged man behind a desk). I personally love this blog because it has a) helped me realize that I’m not the only one struggling with my finances as a single mom, and b) educated me on so many different resources and financial tactics. I highly recommend keeping this as a go-to.
Your selfcare is a priority. Learning 2 Bloom is a great blog for single mothers seeking all kids of resources, but what stands out to me in this blog is its selfcare section. If we don’t take care of ourselves as single mothers, it makes it much harder to care for our kid(s). So take a look at this site and make the most out of all its amazing wisdom about selfcare as a single mother.
Making food can be simple, healthy, and quick! Sometimes after a long day, the last thing I have energy for is making food for my kids and I. However, I discovered that there are tons of easy and healthy food options that I can make with minimal effort and awesome results. The Food Affair really helped me realize that, and I highly recommend trying some of their recipes (their butternut squash pasta recipe is an all-time favorite of ours!).
Achieving a Higher Education is Possible. As a single parent, it’s often very easy to feel like you have to set aside all your aspirations and goals in order to simply survive. However, there are thousands of resources available for single parents that make it possible to achieve those goals. Scholarships and education grants are an amazing way to continue your education and get that degree you’ve always wanted without putting your family funds in danger. You can do this!
There is always a way to earn extra income — hustle, baby! Extra income is always a great thing, and in the link above you can find 10 great ideas for making some extra cash. I personally love holding garage sales and bake sales when I find the time; and I highly recommend checking out some options in terms of extra freelance jobs you can do in your spare time — if you have any!
Get help anytime you can, with anything you need. There are huge communities of single moms out there that can’t wait to have you as a member and fellow supporter. You are not alone, and there are so many different resources for you to get emotional and mental support from professionals and others going through the exact same thing that you are. I truly think that joining support groups or communities with other single moms will greatly benefit you (it did me), so take a look at the link and get acquainted with all the different things in place to help you along in your journey.
As you can see, these are just 7 out of thousands upon thousands of resources for single moms. But there is one very important thing that I want you to take away from this blog, and that is that you are not alone, and you are doing the very best you can plus more. I see your efforts, I see your struggles, and I want you to know that you’re not alone in this. Approximately 12.2 million families in the US alone are single parent families, and around 1 in 3 children are raised by single mothers in the US. So reach out, get as much help as you can get, and rock this!