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  • Summer Boredom Busters : Inexpensive tips to make this Summer “funner”
    By on April 25, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    Summer Boredom Busters for KidsEveryone looks forward to Summer break after a long school year, but it seems not even a week goes by before we hear “I’m Bored”.  Trying to plan activities around town can also be expensive without careful planning and budgeting and you can easily break the bank trying to keep kids busy. This Summer you can avoid 3 long months of boredom for your kids and have a more fun-filled Summer vacation with these 10 Summer boredom busters to keep your kids busy, involved and having fun this Summer.

    1. Create a routine – It sounds counter productive but kids are really creatures of habit.  When school is in session they get up, eat breakfast, get dressed, get on the bus – they know what is expected of them and when.  Too much freedom leads rapidly to boredom, so by setting up a schedule you are in effect heading boredom off at the pass.  While a Summer Schedule doesn’t have to be rigid it should still be there so children have an idea of what they should be doing when.  Remember to schedule in some study time to head off the Summer slump and make sure your kids are on track when school starts up again.

    2. Make a Boredom Jar -  Scour Pinterest for ideas on making this Boredom Buster.  From giving mom a pedicure to washing the car and creating Aboriginal Hand Art  ( really) – there are a ton of projects and chores to add to your boredom jar to keep kids busy .  Because the  jar ideas are interspersed with chores kids will learn not to complain about boredom too quickly lest they get a chore to complete.

    3. Find the local YMCA - Your local YMCA has lots of affordable Summer activities for kids of all ages.  From swimming to arts and crafts there will be something for your kids at the local Y.  Summer programs tend to fill up fast so it’s a good idea to start checking early.

    4. Kids Bowl Free - Many Bowling Alleys around the country are participating in the kids Bowl Free Free program.  Each alley selects certain days of the week where kids can come and bowl at no cost . Check the website for participating alleys near you

    5. Library Programs -  From reading hours, to Lego builds and organized games your local library is a lot more than a book repository.  Check out the programs near you for kids of all ages at the library.

    6. Start Geocaching –   Summer is a great time to get out side but daily visits to the park can get old fast.  Geocaching will get your family outdoors and engaged in a fun activity.  Learn all about this fun outdoor treasure hunt and get Geocaching this Summer.

    7. Volunteer –  Helping others is a great way to fight boredom this Summer.  Kids of all ages can get involved in their communities in one capacity or another.  Check out how to get started volunteering with kids this Summer.

    8. Get a job - From a lemonade stand to mowing lawns let kids earn their keep this Summer.  Not only does having a job fight boredom it also teaches responsibility and money management skills.

    9. Summer Movie Programs –  AMC theaters , Regal theaters and other theaters have Summer movie programs where you can re-see a flick on the Big screen for just a dollar or two .  Movies are a great way to be entertained and beat the Summer heat.

    10. Plant a Garden –  Kids love to see things grow and you’ll love the fresh vegetables and happily occupied kids.  Get in touch with your families green thumb and start a Garden this Summer .

  • 15 Mother’s Day Crafts
    By on April 19, 2014 | 3 Comments3 Comments  Comments

    Strong Single Mom Network Mothers Day Craftt Round UpMother’s Day is just around the corner. What better way to say I love you than with a handmade gift. Below I put together a full list of great Mother’s Day gifts you can make with your little ones. Be sure to leave me some feedback below telling me which one you plan to try! Also do not forget to PIN, SHARE, and COMMENT! (more…)

  • Sleepovers: The Hot Topic for Single Moms
    By on February 5, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    single-mom-sleepoversAs a parent, when it comes to the question “when do you start allowing sleepovers,” this usually means, “At what age do you allow your child to start spending the night at a friend’s house?”

    But for SINGLE parents, the topic of sleepovers takes on a new meaning altogether.

    This can be a controversial topic.  But I’m standing my ground on this one, Strong Single Moms.  As a single mother, there’s no room for sleepovers with a boyfriend while the kids are home.  It can wait until the kids are at their dad’s house, staying the night with a friend, at grandma’s house – whatever.

    Of course, that’s my opinion.  So I asked the Strong Single Mom Network’s Official Psychology Expert Lisa Gomez, MA LPC – owner of Becoming Transformed Counseling Services in Surprise, AZ.  Here’s what Lisa had to say: (more…)

  • “Mom, Where’s Dad?” How to Answer the Toughest Question
    By on August 30, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    Mom_Where_Is_Dad_Strong_Single_Mom_NetworkIt’s a moment no single mother looks forward to – the one where our precious little one asks the inevitable question, “Mom, where’s my dad?”

    If Dad’s not in the picture for your children, you know this question will be asked at some point.  And even if you’re expecting it, you don’t look forward to actually answering it.

    There’s a million and one things that may come to mind, but as the Mom of this precious child we somehow realize that not EVERYTHING that comes to mind would be beneficial to actually say.

    So how DO you answer this ticking time bomb? (more…)

  • Parental Judgment and the Strong Single Mom
    By on March 8, 2012 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

    How many times do we feel like we’re doing it wrong because some stranger in the grocery store gives us a dirty look when our little one throws a tantrum?  How often do we let guilt settle in because can’t afford to get our teenager that iPad they’re begging for?  How often do we struggle with feelings of inadequacy because our kids have to come home to an empty house after school while we’re still hard at work?

    It’s time to stop judging ourselves.  Just because we can’t provide the perfect life for our beloved children doesn’t mean we’re bad parents! 

    If we’re honest with ourselves, most of these situations come from our perception of expectations on what a mom “should” be.  We SHOULD be able to control our children.  We SHOULD be able to provide our kids with the latest gadgets.  We SHOULD be available to our kids the minute they walk in the door.

    But as the character Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City points out, “Isn’t it time we stop shoulding all over ourselves?” (more…)

  • When “Good Morning” turns bad: lessons from a bad start to the day
    By on December 2, 2011 | No Comments  Comments

    Photo by Josh Parrish

    I was hoping for an over easy morning, but what I got was scrambled.  No, I’m not talking about eggs here.  I’m actually talking about the state of events that made this “Good Morning” turn bad…and fast!

    “Okay, enough ranting.  It happened.  It’s done.  Now deal with it and move on.” (more…)