Wednesday, January 21, 2009

How To Survive As A Single Parent

How to Survive as a Young, Single Mother
By eHow Parenting Editor
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Being on your own and trying to support your child isn't always easy. Money my be tight, living quarters are probably small and you may be lonely, but just remember to stay positive and believe in yourself.
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Step1Find a support group for others in your situation. It's hard for friends not in your situation to relate and give you the moral support you need. Being around other young single mothers helps you realize that you're not alone and you can share resources with each other as well.
Step2Look for affordable housing in a safe community that's located close to your work. If possible, live with family to save money and have a supportive atmosphere for your child.
Step3Continue your schooling if possible. Whether it be high school or college, if you can make arrangements for childcare and have the opportunity to go to school you should go. As a young single mother furthering your schooling to help assist you in getting a job is imperative
Step4Get your child on the WIC program. WIC is a federally funded program that gives low income mothers food, health care referrals and nutrition counseling if you your child is under five years old.
Step5Sign up at the local food bank and if there comes a time when you're short on money, you can stop at the food bank to get you through.
Step6Look into childcare stipends. You may qualify for aid in paying for childcare. This will help you be able to work while you keep the cost for daycare down. Daycare is especially important for a young single mother