Single Mom & Blended Families

6 Ways to Help Out a Single Mom


If you know a single mom, you may not realize the unending struggles she faces. Maintaining a house, a career, and chauffeuring the kids to little league are hard enough when there are two parents sharing the work. But single moms do all this themselves.

If you know any single moms, show them they are not alone. Offer your time and support to them, particularly around the holiday season.

Help them with chores and babysitting, so that she can take time off for herself to relax, to go shopping or to spend some one-on-one time with each of her kids. Get your whole family involved and show your kids that helping others is important.

Here are some ideas on how to help a single mom family:

1. Yard Day. Get your entire family involved and help with yard work — mow the grass, pull the weeds, hedge the bushes.

2. Time Off. Give the single mom a night off by offering to baby-sit.

3. Taxi Duty. Help a single mom by offering to pick up her kids from school or soccer practice, particularly if your children attend the same events.

4. Little Pick-Me-Ups. Let her whole family know that you are supporting them with signs of appreciation. These are also great projects that your family can do together. Bake cookies. Make dinner. Create an encouragement card. Treat them to a movie night at your house. Give them a family gift certificate to putt-putt golf.

5. Lend an Ear. Many single moms face emotional struggles, particularly if they are still adjusting to this new lifestyle. Just being a good listener and faithful friend will make a big difference.

6. Holiday Blues. Holidays can be tough on a single mom family. Holiday traditions have been disrupted, which can be tough on both the adult and the children. A single mom may even face the holidays without her children. So, invite her over for a holiday meal, buy her a small gift (or make a craft) or offer to baby-sit while she does shopping.

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