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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Single Parents With Emotionally Challenged Kids

Over the past 45 years I have witnessed a number of children who were so emotionally damaged they were nearly crippled by their problems. Fortunately only 7 children (of the probably one hundred children I cared for over the years) qualify as being in that group. Sadly 7 is too many.

In my article,

Children in Distress - Depressed and Anxious

I talk about each of those children, discuss my interpretation of their problems, and offer help through a couple of online sources available to parents struggling with autism and with other emotional disorders. I invite your comments, your experiences, and your suggestions.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

AMBER ALERT- Reachelle Smith

While this post is intended for all parents, not just for single parents, I am doing my part in spreading the word about this precious little girl after reading about it from Donald Pennington's Article. She has been missing for 3 years.

I just joined a FaceBook group that promises to spread the word about finding Reachelle Smith. Like many people, I checked with to verify the Amber Alert's validity. It is absolutely and sadly true.

What you are looking at is a photo of Reachelle Smith when she was only 3 years old. Please read about her at any of the links I've provided and, if you know of her whereabouts, contact your local police department.

As John Walsh always says, "You CAN make a difference."

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cyber Highway Robbery

If you are a single parent struggling to make ends meet, pay attention to the information in the following article. Paying for shipping and handling fees when you expect to receive a FREE TRIAL can end up costing you thousands of dollars. When you answer ads, pay attention to the wording: "As seen on" means only what it says.

Ads that appear to be celebrity endorsed, usually ARE NOT. Unless you hear from the celebrity's own lips that he or she is endorsing a particular product, do not fall victim to the words, "As Seen On." Click here –

CONSUMER FRAUD ALERT: "As Seen on Oprah" is NOT Oprah Endorsed

to find out more.

Some of the worst offender ads: Resveratrol, Res V, Acai Berry

Thursday, June 11, 2009

If you HATE house cleaning, read on...

One of my least favorite tasks is cleaning house. Not only did I (and do I) despise the job, I find absolutely NO TIME to devote to it. Carving out time from an already busy schedule to do something I absolutely and unequivocally hate, hate, hate, caused me to create house cleaning games to make the job more appealing. 

I still hate the job. But now it's a little more enjoyable. And if my kids were still little, I would have them play these games with me. For my daycare kids, I occasionally use the five-minute timer approach (when they argue about cleaning up and the weather is uncooperative, so this doesn't work: "Let's hurry up and clean the play room, so we can go outside and play.").

I used to have my kids help me organize socks ("Let's play the Sock Match game!") when they were little – until they got to the age when they realized that sorting socks was work.

Eventually, everything once again becomes Mom's or Dad's job, but scheduling time to clean your home might sometimes be nearly impossible. Read these tips on HOW TO MAKE CLEANING HOUSE FUN.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Career Challenges

Every once in a while I come across other articles that relate to single parent issues, and, rather than discuss the articles, I have decided to place a link to them.

We are a special class of parents who "do it all" and are sometimes left emotionally drained at the end of the day. We face all kinds of challenges from the moment we wake up in the morning to long after we fall asleep – as we dream about how to solve our many problems.

Janet Hunt addresses one of our many challenges in her article: 

After you read her article, click on her profile. You'll find many articles that list various career-related articles.

The photo of Janet Hunt is taken from her profile at

Until next time, I wish you Love, Peace, Joy, Harmony, Happiness, and Success 

Monday, June 1, 2009

Parents Helping Parents

As single parents, we are not unlike our married friends when it comes to seeking advice in dealing with our children. But because we are raising our children alone, we want as much help as possible and when we come upon somebody who offers to help us, we grab onto that help and share our findings with other single parents.

After I wrote my article, How Touch Affects Your Children, a woman by the name of Maggie Macauley, of Whole Hearted Parenting, contacted me to tell me she would be linking my article to her web site. She also authors a blog at I highly recommend her for parenting issues and I wanted to share my "find" with you. 

Her slogan: 

Joyfully Parenting with Your Whole Heart.

Her mission:

to provide parents with loving skills to build deeper

relationships with their children and to increase their effectiveness in raising children who grow into responsible, productive and happy adults

to provide teachers with the classroom management

skills that build a connected school family where children belong and can maximize their learning potential
Just wanted to share, and if you find anything helpful for single parents as you surf various sites, please share your "finds" with me.

More Help For Single Parents

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