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The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift in Tough Economic Times

It's something this single mom wishes more women were giving.

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Stephanie L. Freid

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May 10, 2009 - 12:49 am
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Tips for making Mother’s Day special for single moms:

  • Take her kids gift shopping for the occasion (have her slide you the money up front)
  • Offer to babysit her kids
  • Call her to wish her well
  • Invite her and her children to your family’s Mother’s Day gathering

These tips come from Seattle’s Eastside Parenting Examiners.

I have one to add:  Give your single mom friend a JOB!

I’m a single mother caught up in the current recession throes and it’s downright scary.

Getting me through the crisis are faith, hope, a daily routine, networking, and my friends. Chat room discussions, IM and email messages expressing fear, job scarcity, and struggle are wonderful — not in a Schadenfreude way; I’m grateful to be in good company.

I am working hard to find work, which makes having to go up against colleagues’ outdated ideas about child-rearing incredibly frustrating. And most of these problematic colleagues are women.

I have approached an old colleague with “ins” to my industry on several occasions, putting out feelers regarding upcoming projects.  Each time, she asks: “But what about your son?  Do you have anyone to take care of him?  I mean he is young.”

Yikes! That’s right! I have a kid at home. How could I have forgotten? Forget work but thank you for reminding me!  Now when did I feed him last?

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