The Lifelong Effects of Single Parenting
Many single parents are able to step up to the plate and raise their children to the best of their ability, setting them up for a bright future. However, their are some lifelong effects that single parenting may play a part in as your children grow older. Some of these problems and negative effects may disappear over time while others follow them through adulthood. One of the most common reasons that these lifelong effects take place is simply because in a single-parent household, the mother or father may have to work longer hours to provide financial stability for (more…)
Fun Activities to do With Your Child
Just because you are a single parent does not mean you can’t have fun with your child. There are things you can do with your child during every season of the year, every month of the year and at little to no cost to the parent.
When the spring time comes, the first thing children want to do is get outside and play. The warm breeze is an excellent time to go out to the park and fly a (more…)
Old Enough to Be Home Alone
The first thing any single parent reading this needs to realize is that the local and state laws in the US do not specify any particular age under 18 when a child can be legally left unsupervised. You are still ultimately accountable for your child’s safety.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk a little bit about how old is “old enough” to be left home alone. What you have to realize is that there is no age requirement; it’s all based on a plethora of factors including how long they will be home alone, if they can be responsible and if, ultimately, you trust them. You should have an understanding of your child and know whether or not they can be trusted and while not all children are the same, there are some typical effects observed in other “latchkey kids” that you should be aware of. Typically, loneliness and fear were observed in those younger than 10, but some children have actually become more independent and self-reliant as a result. It depends on your child and what you think they can handle.
We all know it can be tough being a single parent making ends meet. If you simply must work late and you know your child will be home alone, there are a few things you can look into such as automatic call services that check up on your child. Another thing you could try is researching an affordable home security system at sites like http://www.homesecuritysystem.com.
Getting Help as a Single Parent
Getting Help as a Single Parent
Life is sometimes hard as a single parent, especially if you have multiple children. Believe it or not help is out there. Some local churches and day cares offer income based childcare and sometimes there is free childcare available with programs such as “Mommy’s day out”. Local Department of Human Resource facilities offer food stamps and cash assistance to families with low incomes and the amount offered is based on income and family size. The application process is short and the turn around is usually very fast. Pregnant women and children up to (more…)
Tips and Guidelines for Newly Single Parents
Being a newly single parent can be quite a scary experience. Obviously, most people do not know what to do at first and that is understandable. However, this is the last time to start panicking. A single parent will need to take charge and ensure that the well-being of his or her child is sought after first. There are plenty of things a parent should and should not do in this situation.
For starters, a single parent should raise (more…)
Choosing the Right Daycare for Your Child
Choosing the right daycare for your child can be a very difficult task. There are many questions and decisions. It is important to not take this decision lightly.
Arrange a meeting with potential sitters or daycare centers. Get a feel for how they run and the type of schedule they have. Find out how many children there are per sitter. Speak to all the individuals that will be around your child. Watch how they all interact with other children.
Find out how they handle nap times, play times, snacks (more…)
Latch Key Kids: How to Keep Your Child Safe
In this day and age many school age children are latch key kids. One of the most important factors that affect all latch key kids is safety. As parents we all worry about keeping our kids safe and when we can not be there ourselves we worry even more. So here are a few tips for keeping your latch key kid safe.
One way to keep your latch key kid safe is to have them check in often. As soon as your child gets home from school have them call you. If it makes you feel better (more…)