One thing we ALL have in common is that we’ve all been a first-time parent. Here’s a secret: NONE of us knew what we were doing either! I was a long-time camp counselor; I worked in infant day care rooms; I started baby-sitting at age 13; and I was “auntie” to many kiddos before I had my own kid. And I struggled. There is nothing in the world that can prepare you for your own journey as a new mom, and it’s especially trying if you’re doing it on your own.
This article resonated with me in retrospect because I made some of these “mistakes.” The interesting part of it (to me, anyway) is that none of them negatively impacted my kiddo in any way; they negatively impacted ME. So ask for help; take some time to care for yourself; and don’t compare your situation to others’ because every single situation and relationship between parents and their babies is unique.
7 Ways To Enjoy Your Baby’s First Year
I never knew you could ruin your adorable little one’s day by giving her the wrong kind of apple, but I have done that (and more!). We’ve ALL been there. This is a fun posting of all the HORRIBLE AWFUL NO GOOD TERRIBLE things we do to our littles (so you know you’re not alone!)!
I’m An A-Hole Parent
A good list of items that your kiddo(s) can hopefully check off by the time he or she is 19!
19 Things Every 19 Year Old Needs to Do/Know
This was featured on The Today Show — there is also a book that the expert is hocking in the segment, but the list is available without having to hear the pitch 🙂 As someone who has very frequent interaction with 18 year olds, I can vouch that many of the ones I encounter are lacking these abilities, so the items are pretty spot on.
8 Life Skills Your 18 Year Old Should Have
Summertime, aka “Moooooom! We’re boooooored!” beginning on Day 2. What to do?
Of course there are options for day camps and sleepover camps, but sometimes the expense is not practical for your budget. So what can do you do to keep the bored bugs away while not busting the piggy banks? Here are some ideas:
200 Free Summer Activities to Do With Kids
35 Things to Do on a No-Spend Weekend
87 Energy-Busting Indoor Activities
25 Things To Do On a Rainy Day
As a single mother, I have been surprised to find few single parent Facebook pages that are designed specifically for advice, information, venting, and humor! If you are like me (feeling isolated and sometimes alone in the struggle), you need all of those things from time to time. That’s why I created this page and this blog.
This is not a commercial page; I do not sell anything nor will I ever ask for money to “run” it. The page name is not meant to be exclusive, just catchy (a la Beyonce’s “All the Single Ladies” song — a favorite in my household of all girls!). Single fathers are more than welcome to participate as are former single parents, single parents to be, and even non-single parents that wish to positively contribute. And that’s the only “rule” — PLEASE BE POSITIVE. You are welcome to submit articles; thoughts; questions; vents; and memes, as long as there are no derogatory remarks involved, even those directed at yourself because this page is meant to lift up, help out, and (hopefully) make you feel BETTER about your life as a single parent. Happy mama/papa = happy kiddo(s), after all. Thank you for being here, and I hope this gives you a good outlet when you need one.
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