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11 resources for single mothers: How to run your household like a boss

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Hi Mama! CONGRATULATIONS on investing in YOU. Whether you have been a single mom for years, or are exploring what solo parenting is all about, the fact that you landed on this page is huge.

If you are new here, know that Wealthysinglemommy.com, and its founder Emma Johnson are committed to the following principles:

  • Single mothers are capable of leading happy, abundant lives and families, regardless of how their families are structured.
  • Today, most single mothers were never married, or had at least one baby outside of marriage. We're so over the presumption that all single moms are divorced moms.
  • Financial autonomy is not only attainable for single moms, it is necessary for you to live your fullest life.
  • You are free to explore all romantic pursuits your heart desires. In other words: Dating does not hurt your kids, and in fact, a mom who is fulfilled in her dating and sex life is a better mom. Rushing to get married is a bad look (and get real: marriage probably didn't work out for you the first time, so why the rush to repeat that model?!).

What kinds of resources are there for single mothers?

Lots. This page is your go-to guide for all the resources, tools and support you need to blow this shit UP! Here you will find everything from ways to make quick cash, to how to build a sustainable career from home, caring for your mental health, the financial tools to protect you and your kids, and more.

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2. Resources for single mothers: Employment

The best thing you can do for yourself, you kids, your community and future generations is to work a job and even build a career. Start with our job guides:

Best high-paying work-from home careers for moms

42 recession-proof jobs

13 jobs that pay well without a require a degree

Best side-gigs and side-hustles if you have kids

Top businesses for single moms

3. Resources for single mothers: Free money

Started during the 2020 Covid-19 outbreak, our Single Mom Stimulus Grant gives $500 strings-free to a single mom. We've gifted more than $30,000 to women around the country, and it's going strong!

20 scholarships for single moms

4. Resources for single mothers: Government help

The government provides financial assistance and essential items for low-income single moms and their children, including: 

  • Cash assistance
  • Food assistance
  • Housing assistance
  • Child care assistance

We compiled all of these resources into a post for single mothers with no income, where we break down the qualifications and application process for each government program. 

Also check out: Help for single moms in 2022: 42 resources

5. Resources for single mothers: Child care

Whether you find a free or reduced local daycare, private daycare, after-school care, hire a babysitter, nanny, take your mom up on her offer to watch your kids, or swap with another mom, you absolutely cannot be a full-time mom and be financially independent.

Find child care providers, sitters and nannies in your area through Care.com for free. Or get a 20% discount on premium memberships with code JOINCARE20. You can also read our Care.com review.

Looking for good pets for kids? Here are 10 easy pets to take care of

6. Resources for single mothers: Money management

What you put out there comes back to you. Your prayers, hopes, gratitude. This is especially true of manifestations put out during tumultuous times when energy is being stirred up and tossed around.

Write down those goals and dreams: start a business, buy a home, vacation, renovation, and investing to build wealth.

Sit with your dreams. Feel how it will feel when they come to fruition. Picture what your life, your family, your heart and body will look like when that comes true.

Now, track your money and set budgets (get real, mama!)

Read: How to set up a budget

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7. Resources for single mothers: Self-care

There is no one-size-fits-all path you’re supposed to take in life. The post-divorce period is all about discovering what you want. Practice some self-care, pick up a new hobby, or even learn how to meditate

Read: Best online therapy sites for 2022

Need medical help, or prescriptions from home? Learn about online medical care.

Why you need to hire someone to do laundry ASAP

Try these 41 things to do by yourself for a fuller life

8. Resources for single mothers: Support

First, if you're not already a member, join Millionaire Single Moms on Facebook. Rules include: No bitching, whining, man-bashing or being mean.

Not a week goes by when I do not receive an email, Instagram or Facebook message from a member of the group who says that the support of other single moms with similar goals of living a joyful life of financial independence, happy romantic life, and thriving family and self changed their lives.

All income levels and points in your journey are welcome. See you there!

If you are looking for new friends near you, we vetted a list of the best 21 apps for making friends and meeting new people for 2022. We also have resources for meditation, affirmations for confidence, and Self-Care Sunday.

9. Resources for single mothers: Co-parenting

While you may be really, really, (really fucking) angry at your ex now, it is so critical to focus on equally shared parenting whenever possible, and civilized, collaborative co-parenting.

Co-parenting can be overwhelming, or even toxic, leading to court-monitored communication. Luckily, there’s an app for that. Co-parenting apps can simplify scheduling, keep everyone on track. The right co-parenting app might even make co-parenting communication, schedules, activities and contacts easier and more effective.

Free, online parenting classes

10. Dating resources for single mothers 

Whether you are looking to meet new people after years of dating, or just dipping your toe in the romance waters, online dating has been my own BFF when dating.

9 reasons dating is better as a single mom

eharmony review — does this app really help you find love?

Which online dating sites are best for single moms?

11. Resources for single moms: Create or update a will / estate plan

I don’t care how broke you are, single moms need life insurance. Chances are, your kids are financially dependent on you. While you may not have a lot to invest in the future now, single moms can find life insurance for a very small sum — and protect your family

Bestow promises you will never have a medical or lab exam. With plans as low as $10 per month for coverage up to $1.5 million. Bestow policies are issued by North American Company for Life and Health Insurance®, a carrier rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best that was founded in 1886.

Every parent needs a will and estate plan. Not only will this ensure your family is taken care of in the event of your passing, but you enjoy peace of mind now.

Estate planning and will for single parents

Bottom line: With all of these single mom resources, there’s no reason for you to not be a Kickass Single Mom

Check out my #1 bestsellers: The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest Self, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children (Penguin).

The New York Post called the book a ‘Must Read' and it was featured on The Doctors, Jenny McCarthy Radio, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Oprah.com and more than 150 other media outlets!

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30-Day Kickass Single Mom Money Makeover: Get Your Financial Act Together, Finally and Forever!

I'm proud to say both books are multiple-category #1 Amazon Bestsellers!

Free laptopsHome buyer grants
Free clothesScholarships for single moms
Free carFree Christmas gifts
Free smartphoneGovernment assistance for single moms
Free wifiFree and low-cost prescriptions
Free formulaFree diapers
Free toysFree gas
Affordable denturesFree prescription glasses
Free money10+ charities that help single mothers
Tutoring and homework helpFree or low-cost after school programs
Health insuranceCash for junk cars
Free foodDumpster diving
Low-income home loansFree school supplies
Free housing

Wealthysinglemommy.com founder Emma Johnson is an award-winning business journalist, activist, author and expert. A former Associated Press reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has appeared on CNBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, TIME, The Doctors, Elle, O, The Oprah Magazine. Winner of Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web” and a New York Observer “Most Eligible New Yorker," her #1 bestseller, The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), was a New York Post Must Read. As an expert on divorce and gender, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality and multiple state legislature hearings. More about Emma's credentials.