How to Find Help for Single Moms

A mother and daughter walk alone and try to find find help for single moms.

Contributed by Michelle Hassler

For many women, motherhood is an adventure – an adventure that is joyful, selfless, and life-altering. However, the journey of motherhood comes with ups and downs, sleepless nights, unforeseen expenses, and stinging self-doubt. Everyone needs some kind of support along the way. One minute, the road might be smooth and flat, but there could be a huge dip or sharp curve around the corner. Are you a single mom who is overwhelmed and would benefit from some support? Do you know a single mom who is struggling to accomplish daily tasks, needs financial help, or simply could use a friend to lean on? Below are some ways that you can find help for single moms.


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How to Teach Children about Grandparents with Dementia

As a grandmother sits with her grandchildren, it's important to help children learn about dementia before it's too late.

Contributed by Haley Burress

Caring for your aging parent can be full of challenges and meaningful moments. If you add raising children into the mix, certain situations can get even more difficult to handle. If you are struggling with how to teach children about dementia, or why Grandma is confused, you are not alone. Over five million people currently live with Alzheimer’s disease and this number only increases when adding in the older adults with other types of dementia. Teaching your kids, or other children in your family, about dementia can be challenging. However, it can also be a positive shifting point in their relationship with their grandparent. Knowledge is power, right? So empower your kids by learning how to teach children about the dementia process. Here are a few tips to get you started.

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5 Ways to Save Your Sanity While Caregiving

As two women talk over coffee, spending time with friends is one of the recommended ways to save your sanity while caregiving.

Contributed by Christine Binney

Serving as a caregiver for a loved one is a rewarding experience, but it can also lend itself to high levels of stress and anxiety. Sometimes, the pressures of caregiving can leave you feeling overworked and overwhelmed. You may have moments where you wonder how you can effectively care for someone else when your own well-being is at risk. Luckily, there are some tried-and-true ways to save your sanity while caregiving. By following these tips, you’ll be able to remain a devoted caregiver who can keep cool and calm under pressure.

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Leveraging the Power of Technology to Help with Caregiver Duties

A woman uses her computer to help with her caregiving duties.

Contributed by Nathan McVeigh

Your caregiver duties never seem to end. Even when you “finish” one task, you feel like there is always something more you can do, or at least better understand. When faced with this predicament a few years ago, the only options were to work as usual then try to learn at the local library once your shift was over. Now, with pocket-sized conveniences and other contraptions, it’s not surprising that many caregivers are now taking advantage of modern technology as a way to drastically improve their caregiving knowledge and abilities.

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Parents Helping Parents: Using a Care Calendar for the Classroom

Sometimes you have to look to the classroom to find parents helping parents.

Contributed by Haley Burress

It really does take a village to raise a child. Hopefully you have a village full of grandparents, aunts, uncles, best friends, and neighbors that are available to help you out with parenting advice and assistance. Unfortunately, a health crisis can cause you to seek out a village to help fill in for your role as chauffeur to extracurricular activities, head chef in the kitchen, homework helper extraordinaire, and the many other roles that you take on when you become a Mom or Dad. Sometimes you simply need to rely on parents helping parents and ask for help in a somewhat unlikely place: your child’s classroom.

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Plan A Weekly Potluck: 4 Healthy Potluck Recipes

Enjoy a nice dinner by planning with healthy potluck recipes.

Contributed by Tiffany Silverberg

Potlucks are made for community. They celebrate togetherness and allow everyone to get involved. They also can make dinner preparation a bit easier for everyone by requiring only one item or dish from each family. Everyone can enjoy a varied and delicious meal, without all the work and cleanup of preparing a host of different dishes. Bring your community together – maybe your group of friends, your neighborhood, your book club, or even your family – once a week for a potluck and enjoy the various benefits of healthy potluck recipes.

 

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Can’t Find a Local Support Group? Turn to Support Groups Online

A woman turns to support groups online for comfort during a tough time.

Contributed by Christine Binney

If you are struggling with a difficult situation, the encouragement of your family and friends may not always be enough to help get you through. There will be times that you need more help than even they can provide, and that assistance can come in the form of a support group. Support groups are organizations of people who share common experiences and join together to sustain each other. Support groups provide a safe place where members can share ideas, explore feelings, provide advice, and lend emotional support to each other. Members create a strong bond because they can relate to each other’s unique experiences in a way that others may not be able to.

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Prepare Your Loved One for Hospital Discharge in Three Steps

A woman sits is her wheelchair while her caregiver prepares her for hospital discharge.

Contributed by Haley Burress

Here’s the good news: your loved one is ready to be discharged from the hospital. No more uncomfortable beds or uncertainty. Here’s the bad news: your loved one is ready to be discharged from the hospital. Before you can head back to the comforts of home, you have plenty to do before that hospital discharge. Being prepared can make or break your homecoming, so we are here to help by giving you the three steps that you need to have taken care of before you jump in the car with your loved one. Trust us – these are some of the best ways to reduce stress and get you both home safe and sound.

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7 Things to Remember When Planning a Funeral

A son comforts his mother while planning a funeral.

Contributed by Christine Binney

Planning a funeral is never easy. Trying to plan a ceremony that respects the wishes of your loved one and all the family members involved is complicated, and doing it under such stressful circumstances makes it that much harder. It can be hard to manage emotions while taking care of all the details that go into organizing a funeral. With some proper planning and a few tips, the funeral process can be made easier for everyone involved. Simply remember these seven things and you’ll be able to honor your loved one’s memory in the perfect way.

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6 Sympathy Gift Ideas Better than Flowers

Although the pictured bouquet of flowers is pretty, it's not one of our recommended creative sympathy gift ideas.

Contributed by Tiffany Silverberg

When a friend or family member loses someone close, sympathy is a natural and immediate response. Tradition has often called for a bouquet of flowers in memory and in good cheer. They bring a sense of brightness, life, and joy in an otherwise dark or sorrowful time. However many bouquets can turn a living room into a garden. Those with allergies or those uninterested in cleaning up dozens of blooms may prefer an alternative while those sending sympathies may want something more creative to convey their feelings. Here are a few sympathy gift ideas that can show someone that you are there to comfort them in this time of need.

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