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Most people think of a stay-at-home mom as a woman with a spouse who goes out to work while she stays home during the day. But that's not always the case. Divorcées, widows, and moms who have never been married before are all finding ways to be stay-at-home moms. We've got some tips on how to thrive as a single, stay-at-home mom.
Set a Budget
Creating a budget puts you in control of your finances instead of letting your finances control you. Not only will you be able to pay your monthly bills, you can set a plan in motion that also helps you get out of debt.
Cut Unnecessary Expenses
You probably already know that daily lattes at the fancy coffee shop are off your to-do list as a single, stay-at-home mom. There are plenty of other ways to lower your bills as well as cut some of those unnecessary costs that are eating through your income.
From the phone bill to high grocery bills, take a close look at all of your expenses. Finding ways to save money is essential.
Look for Income Opportunities
Being a single, stay-at-home mom naturally doesn't mean not working. In fact, it presents you with unique opportunities to earn money while still staying home with your children.
Look for flexible opportunities that let you take charge of your family's income. From part-time jobs perfectly suited for stay-at-home moms to full-time work-at-home positions, there are so many options out there. Many jobs involve working on the computer, so they can just as well be done at home as in an office. There are also online opportunities that can give you the income you need to stay home.
Lean on Your Support Network
Just as stay-at-home moms with a spouse need a support network, single, stay-at-home moms do, too.
Look to mom friends and family members. They can help you with everything—moral support, girls' nights, and giving you a night off so you can indulge in some me-time. Everything will fall on you most of the time, so your support network is vital to not only helping you get through each day, but also to helping you get everything you need done each day, including taking care of yourself.
Find Affordable Child Care Options
Even with a great support network in place, you will still need to explore your options for affordable childcare. There will be days when you have a doctor's appointment or maybe even a date when someone in your support network can't help you out.
Finding childcare that's affordable can be a lifesaver so you're not always at the mercy of your support network's schedule.
Have Realistic Expectations
Most single stay-at-home moms won't be living a lavish lifestyle. It will be tough. You won’t have a teammate like most married stay-at-home moms do. It's all on you, 24/7. You will have days when you want to give up. Entering stay-at-home motherhood is a decision you shouldn't take lightly.
Take a walk in the shoes of a stay-at-home with this day in the life schedule. Read up on the pros and cons of being a stay-at-home mom.
With this preparation, you'll be able to go into your life as a stay-at-home mother without some preconceived notion of how life is supposed to be. You’ll have your ups and downs but you won’t have unrealistic expectations that hold you back from being the best single stay-at-home mom you can be.