How to Survive as a Single Mom and Stay Happy

 

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For some reasons, you ended up as a single mom. It could be from a recent breakup, divorce, loss of a loved one, or teenage pregnancy. You used to be in your comfort zone where everything is taken cared of, and now you are left to fend for yourself and your children – alone.

There’s no denying how difficult life could be for a single parent. But you are not alone in your struggle. In fact there are plenty others who had also gone through this difficult situation but came out as strong, self-sufficient, happy moms who were able to raise their kids and give them the kind of life they have wished for.

So take heart the fact that others have succeeded being a single mom. But grit your teeth and prepare yourself for a roller-coaster ride. It’s not gonna be easy at first and you’re gonna have to face certain realities in life. We’ll talk into it see how we can deal with these problems.

 

 

Providing for your children

If your being a single mom was a result of a divorce, the father of your children is required by law to sustain their needs until they reach a certain age. But that alone might not be enough, so you have to find other means to make ends meet.

One of the best ways is to do part time jobs or work as a freelancer working at home. That way you can look after your child, do your household chores, and at the same time earn some extra income. There are single moms whom I know of doing online jobs and they’re quite good at it.

 

 

Doing more than two things at once

Aside from financial woes, single moms are also faced with the task of juggling responsibilities as a parent, provider, planner, and housekeeper. This is where it gets really tough and bumpy, and you would start feeling the pressure building up.

When you get to this point, try to step back a little bit and reflect on what you have been doing. Am I managing my time well enough? How can I speed up some tasks? Do I need to have a babysitter or an assistant? Can I afford it? Either way, you can strike a balance between minimizing your workload and increasing your productivity by having an extra hand.

 

 

Dealing with burnout

Being a single mom can get you so drained, you’d begin to feel a loss of motivation and a very low morale. It’s a sinking feeling that no matter how hard you try, you just can’t make better of the situation. Why not give yourself a little break?

Take some time to break free and experience what it feels like to reap the benefits of your hard work. You’ll see that you can do a lot more when you feel refreshed and revitalized. You’ve earned it. You deserve to be happy. Take pride of the fact that you’re an exceptional mom because you did more than what most moms can do.

 

Must-have Apps for Savvy Moms

 

must have apps

Being a mom nowadays doesn’t have to be that hard. You will find that even a simple gadget like your iPhone can turn into a wonder-gizmo and can make life a lot easier for you. Anything from expert advice, home-cooked recipies, baby schedule, family recreation, health and fitness, money matters, you name it. You can always find something to jazz up your smartphone or mobile device.

We’ve selected some of the coolest apps available for busy moms like you. Check these out and see if there’s something here that you’ll find useful.

 

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Parents Magazine (Digital Issue)

If you loved the issue of the magazine, you’ll gonna love this digital issue even more. Parents is a treasure trove when it comes to expert advice on parenting with lots of useful information, tips, and some neat ideas for your recipes and craft-making for your kids. It also provides exclusive access to the newest toys, books, games, and a lot of other fun stuff that you can see through the app’s playroom.

 

 

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Total Baby

Baby scheduling is a breeze with this baby app. Everything from feeding time, nap time, and diaper change can be tracked and scheduled accordingly. It’s perfect for young moms who are still new to baby scheduling and want to make things more organized and easy to follow.

 

 

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Baby Geek

It shares some of the features of Total Baby with the addition of an “Express Milk Manager”. This tool allows breastfeeding moms to monitor the storage and expiration of pumped breast milk. Other neat features that would come in handy include sleep detection, temperature graph, and a potty trainer tool.

 

 

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Mom Maps

You won’t have to think hard for a good place for you and your children to spend the weekend. This app updates you with the best child-friendly parks, museums, and playing grounds nearest you. If you’ve never been to those places before, you’ll be glad to know that their featured fun places have already been reviewed, so you know exactly what to expect when you get there.

 

 

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Period Tracker

For moms who want another bundle of joy, they’ve just got to have this app. It’s fairly simple and straightforward. You just have to press the button when you’ve started having your period and it will show you a time window (fertile days) where chances of getting pregnant are fairly high.

 

 

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Lose It!

Just got out of pregnancy? Then it’s time for you to lose those baby weight. Lose It! walks you through from setting up your desired weight, tracking out your progress, to posting it for your friends to see. Don’t believe it? On average, users have lost more than 12 pounds following the suggested meal and workout routines and more than 85 percent have been losing weight using the program.

 

 

bill tracker

Bill Tracker

How many times have you missed the due date and paid an extra charge for paying late? Bill Tracker will make sure that won’t happen again. This app keeps track of your monthly bills and notifies you when the next due is just days or weeks ahead. Wireless transactions can be set to make payments when it’s due date and provides you with the payment details, account numbers, etc. And of course, it’s password protected to keep all your personal information safe.