As a single mom, a whole new world opens to us. We have the responsibility of playing both roles for our children. We provide for them, cook for them, entertain, chauffeur, kiss boo-boos, and teach them the ways of life and we do it, for the most part, alone.
The one thing that we have going for us is that this is no longer little house on the prairie days. We have access to advance technology. When a single mother takes advantage of those advances, her life becomes a little easier.
Let’s face it. We need all the help we can get sometimes. Below are three ways technology is helping us be better moms.
Just because we are single mothers doesn’t mean that we don’t strive to do better and have better in our life. The stereotype that all single mothers are poverty stricken and stuck living in the projects is not only offensive but wrong.
We covet the same things any parent would want for themselves and their children. A good home is one of them. Although we are not all poverty-stricken, the trend in single mother incomes does tend to be on the lower side.
Because of that, we can take advantage of programs like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac home programs. Thanks to the evolution of technology, they are getting some upgrades.
These upgrades will allow the buyer to forgo the price of an appraisal completely and will greatly enhance the speed of the loan process. This will give a single mother the option to own her own home while making it super easy to navigate the road to homeownership.
Going Back to School
Along with making sure our children have the best we can afford for them, we also want to make sure that we set the best example we can. Going back to school tends to kill two birds with one stone. Having a degree in whatever your interest might be opens doors to more income and a more satisfying job.
It also allows your children to see you fight to better yourself and follow something beneficial through to the end. However, if you are like most single mothers, you don’t have the time or the gas to travel to physical campus. Not to mention, our schedules can get so hectic sometimes that having a schedule of classes to follow can just get in the way.
As colleges make their way into the 21st century, more and more of them are offering online degree programs. Take, for example, Ashford University. Based in California, this school offers several online bachelors and masters programs. Each class is five weeks long.
There are deadlines by which to have work in, but you decide when you want to sit down and do that work. You can even work ahead if you have future plans that need more attention than usual. There is no wasting gas on trips to and from the campus and if your child needs you, all you have to do is get up from the computer.
Staying in Shape
The life of a single mother is hectic, to say the least. Often, we feel as if we simply don’t have any time for ourselves. As time goes on, we eventually collapse from the weight of the pressures of everyday living.
One of the best ways to help yourself get through it is to stay in shape. Not only is it necessary for maintaining the speed at which life requires us to live, it is a great way to get rid of daily stress hormones we build up throughout the day.
With technology leading the way, we can now have the tools needed for chilling out standing in our kitchen. There are several options for workout machines that leave us without the excuse of having to travel to the gym or not having enough time.
It doesn’t take much to spend 15 minutes a day on an elliptical before you hop in the shower in the morning. Here again, you also gain the added perk of setting an awesome example for your children.
Being a single mom is tough, but with technology giving us the much-needed hand up, it doesn’t have to seem like an impossible feat.