The Perfect Mother's Day Gift in Tough Economic Times
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I am working hard to find work, which makes having to go up against colleagues' outdated ideas about child-rearing incredibly frustrating.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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