Tips to raise a child for single parents

As a parent, there can be problems. But as a single parent, you can expect total chaos at times.

So, if you feel that dealing with the pressure is not easy, you should look for support and nurture your


Before we move on to the tips related to the topic, let’s discuss what are the most common challenges

faced by single parents.

Problem 1: Money. Well, you have to be financially independent. So, you need to juggle work, play and

care at the same time.

Problem 2: Health. Everything and everyone is dependent on you. So, you have to take care of your

health so that your family’s routine is not disturbed.

Problem 3: Stay active socially. Well, you have to live in the society. So, it is important to bond with

neighbors occasionally. As it is, you have no time for yourself, and this is an added pressure on you.

Problem 4: Emptiness. At times, you might worry about the lack of a female or male partner in your life

can affect your child too.

So, keeping these problems in mind, we have compiled some tips. Read on.

Tip 1: Juggling responsibilities can be difficult. If possible, look for a home job that can help you stay at

the same place and carry out different responsibilities. It will save your time and money commuting

from home to office and back home. Apart from this, you should know that you are always around your

child. So, if there is an issue, you are there to take care of it.

Tip 2: Money is extremely important. So, make sure that you look for savings. To save money, you

should have a budget; not just have one, but stick to it too. Also, shop smart for your necessities. For

example, if you have to shop for dresses for your kids, household items, games, etc. look for a store that

offers every item on the list. A popular online store like offers a number of items in every

category. So, shop at and save money while shopping. For better offers, look for coupons too!

Coupons are life-savers. Choose unexpired coupons and save while you shop. You can get coupons for at various coupon sites for example ChameleonJohn – Sears Coupons.

Tip 3: You need to stay healthy. So, eat healthy, do basic exercises and opt for regular health checkups.

Tip 4: To be socially active in your area, make sure that you attend little events held in the area and take

your kids along.

Tip 5: To fill the emptiness, you cannot do much. However, you can spend quality time with them and let

them know your importance. Let them know that you are mentally, physically and financially strong to

help them fulfill their dreams. If they get this assurance, the emptiness can be replaced, top some


Concluding, as a single parent, you will face a number of issues. However, stay strong and stay happy

with your kids.

What I Wore Wednesday


Well, it’s another Wednesday and here I am organized enough to share a couple outfits with you. Last week was so crazy that by the time I got home from work everyday all I wanted to do was put on pajamas and curl up in a ball. This week has been less crazy, thus I have been more patient with keeping my “stuffy” clothes on.

Monday, I wore this. Nothing too exciting, but it was comfy.

Pencil skirt with belt is Banana Republic from a local consignment shop, new with tags for $12. The short sleeved button up is JCrew Haberdashery from Goodwill, $4. I feel fancy in that shirt.

Please forgive my messy garden. I only have so much time in a day.

After work and before taking my daughter to her after school activities, I changed into comfier clothes.

Tank, JCrew, from goodwill new with tags for $4. Have I convinced you to shop at Goodwill yet?  Jeans, Seven for All Mankind from Ebay. Purse, Matt & Nat, Goodwill $3. Do you hate me?

I made hubby take one more picture that included my feet – because I was so excited that I could finally wear shoes that covered my feet after the traumatic blister incident from last week. I love my Toms. Thanks mom!

And Tuesday, nothing exciting again. But I did get dressed, there is that! I am sure my coworkers appreciated it.

Top, JCrew $4 from goodwill. Pencil skirt, Banana Republic $4 from Goodwill. Belt, Target. This outfit was so darned comfy that I got out of work at 1:30 and did not change until 8! Comfy.

And I put my hair into a sock bun. I was so proud of myself. I really loved not having my crazy hair all over the place all day.

And this next picture is just so you can see that I am a completely nerdy freak. If you didn’t know that already. It looks like the chicken is attacking me but really she was just trying to fly out of my arms after I picked her up because she was pecking at my feet. The chickens really want to be on the blog apparently. Oh…leopard flats are from Target.

That’s all for now. I have embarrassed myself enough for one day.


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What I Wore Wednesday

I haven’t participated in What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy in a loooong time. With my new job (thank you all so much for the congratulations – what a boost!), I had to figure out an appropriate work wardrobe pretty quickly without spending my first year’s salary on new clothes. When I got the job, I quite literally had three pairs of not jeans and maybe a skirt or two, none of which were really work appropriate anyway. You know I love thrifting for clothes, so I started at my Goodwill and got really lucky the first try so that I could survive getting dressed the first week of work. I am tall and that makes finding pants on a limited budget quite difficult. I was lucky to find that first day that someone else tall had donated their work wardrobe. I snagged a couple pairs of pants, a silk skirt and a dress and made do with those few things to mix in with what I had in my closet. From there, I kept stopping in Goodwill once a week to see if I could add some more options without spending an arm and a leg. Over the past few weeks, I have come across some really great finds and finally feel like I have enough basics to mix and match and I can stop shopping. Whew!

One thing that I love is pencil skirts. I think they work well with my body type and wow, they are soooo comfy.

This black with white pinstripes skirt was one of 3 Banana Republic pencil skirts I scored for $4 each. I love the pockets.

The chambray shirt is from Old Navy. It may be my favorite shirt. I really really love it and I really really wish I had gotten the red one too because when I went back to get it, they were all out :( boo hoo. Necklace that you can barely see is lisa leonard designs.

After work, I changed into comfier clothes for taking my daughter to gymnastics and lounging around.

The sequined striped tank top is from JCrew that I got on ebay. I also got the jeans on ebay – 7 for all Mankind. I love them, but refuse to pay $165/pair so I get them on ebay. The chickens wanted to join me for pictures. The bracelet is my favorite accessory and is from a local boutique here, but you can get one online if you like at their website goldfinch boutique. The leopard flats are from Target.

I have no clue why I look pregnant in that picture. I promise I am not.

Tuesday for work, I wore this dress that I got at Goodwill. It’s Shabby Apple and I got it for $6. I seriously grabbed it and RAN to the dressing room to try it on when I saw it. I couldn’t believe it. It didn’t come with the polka dot belt, it has a plain navy blue belt but I couldn’t find it so I put this other one on and then found the navy one but decided to be wild and crazy and keep the polka dot one on. I really live life on the edge.

See? Wild and crazy.

More outfits next week. I only was on the ball enough to have hubby take pictures the past 2 days.

Happy Wednesday!!

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