Meal Planning for Single Parents

When it comes to meal planning, I have a system. I’ve perfected it over time and it works. So, I’m going to share it with all of you! Maybe it will help you get organized and make meal planning and grocery shopping simple as it has gotten for me. I have it down to about an hour each week and I’ve managed to save about $100 each month on groceries too. Keep reading! You won’t want to miss these tips!

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Kids and Faith

Don’t worry, I’m not going to preach in this blog post. You can rest easy and read on. I will describe why it’s important to me to instill faith in my kids and how I have tried to do that. If what I say resonates with you, that’s great. If you have other reasons for instilling faith in your kids that I don’t mention, that’s great too. If you have other practices, spirituality, or other religions, I respect that. This post is just one person’s view on a gigantic subject, one person’s humble opinion on her own faith journey.

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Making Decisions with your Kids

Some parents believe they have to be the chief decision maker in the family. The parents are the boss and have the final say. While this is true for some things such as safety or health issues, it isn’t true for everything. If I always make the decisions, then I deprive my children of the skill of decision making. They will need that skill as adults. Therefore, if I involve them in the decision making process, they will learn these skills and be more prepared for adulthood.

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Relational Parenting

As a parent, I’ve had many successes and many failures. I have realized that when things go well, I’m using relational parenting over authoritarian or disciplinarian methods. What do I mean by this? I am constantly aware of maintaining a strong relationship with my kids. And when I have to make decisions as a parent, I run it through the filter of if the decision will strengthen the relationship or not. 

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Family Meetings

First of all, what is a family meeting? A family meeting is a short time when a family gets together to talk about life: Whatever is happening in the upcoming week or month, what issues the family is having, what positive things have been happening in the family, what help is needed, and anything else a family wishes to discuss. Family meetings can happen regularly, like every Sunday, or they can be called by any family member as needed. Family meetings involve the children as much as possible. Children can help facilitate the discussion or answer questions. 

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Single Parenting and Family Activities

If a separation or divorce is new to you, you may not feel like going out or doing fun things as a family because you’re dealing with a tragedy. But I found that planning fun things to do with the kids helped them get through those first few months and years following the divorce. That’s because I gave them things to look forward to every time I had them. They sometimes dreaded school, so I always talked about what we’d do that week and weekend to give them some hope in a dark time in their lives.

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Budgeting and Single Parenting

Going from two incomes to one is always tough. If you own your house and you keep it, you’ll have to afford the payment on your income alone. If you can’t afford the house, move to an apartment, condominium or smaller house. Your kids will adjust and it’s better not to be financially strapped. You want to make sure you can afford the rent or mortgage along with your other bills rather easily. So, you’ll want to figure out your budget before you decide where to live.

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My Old Home

The very first thing I had to consider when my husband and I separated was where to live. I had to move out because I couldn’t afford the house we owned together. He could. At first I thought I’d rent a two bedroom apartment that was simple. No yard to maintain, no broken faucets to fix. I visited a place that had a washer and dryer and was pet friendly. I almost put a security deposit down when this cute little cottage-like house came back on the market.

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Hope after Divorce

I’m very excited to be starting a new topic in my blog about my experience as a single mom and single/co-parent to my two boys. Divorce and separation is not easy, but when it happened to me, I felt I must try to make the best of it and continue being a good, stable parent to my kids. During the first six months of my separation, I wanted to hide under a rock. I live in a small community and I was worried it would be the talk of the town. I busied myself with exercising, taking care of my boys, working, and decorating and taking care of my new home, which I had bought to make sure my boys felt comfortable in their new reality. 

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