Co-Abodes & “Mommunes” On The Rise For Single Moms

In 2009, more than 4 in 10 births were to unmarried women. That’s a jump from 18% in 1980 to an astonishing 41% in 2009. Consider the reality that the average single mom makes just over $25,000 a year, and factor in the average cost of raising a child per year, which is estimated at around $13,860—and it’s easy to see why single moms everywhere are finding more and more reasons to share housing.

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The Co-Sleeping Controversy

Did you share a bed with your baby?

Research shows that co-sleeping can actually be safer than sleeping alone. But, as anyone with a baby knows, what’s safe and what’s not safe changes just about every year!

A shocking ad campaign, unveiled last Wednesday in Milwaukee, urges parents to stop sharing a bed with their babies. The ads show an infant sleeping in an adult bed next to a butcher knife with the headline, “Your baby sleeping with you can be just as dangerous.”

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Single Mom’s Million Dollar Biz

Ever feel like you’ve drifted off-track, but don’t know how to get back on—or what track you’re supposed to even get on!?

Meet Trisha Waldron. At age 28, she realized her life wasn’t quite heading in the direction she had always dreamed it would. Though she had two beautiful little girls, ages 4 and 6, she was now single and barely surviving on food stamps in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She owned a small yet humble, two-bedroom home, had no college degree, no real work experience under her belt, and she had absolutely no clue what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. What she did know, was that she wanted something better for her family.

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All The Single Ladies: Get Your Savings Rollin’

What’s harder than raising a child? Raising one by yourself. Saving money as a single parent can be difficult when you’re living off of just one income; however, it’s also extremely important. First, stop making excuses. Saying things like “I don’t make enough” or “I’ll do it later” will just end up holding you back from good fortune. Remember, the sooner you start saving, the more you can save. Easier said than done, right?

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5 Mom Musts

Feel like you’re always doing something for everybody else? That’s because you are. It’s high time you did something nice for yourself! Below are 5 things you should try to incorporate into your week, no matter what! Fitting just one or two of these simple pleasures into your week will recharge your mom battery and get you ready for anything that comes your way…

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