Balancing Work and Family

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Single Parenting: A Mix of Families on the Web

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 12.9 million single-parent families in 2006, including 10.4 million single-mother families and 2.5 million single-father families. Because these numbers are fairly substantial, more and more parenting and family resources on the Web contain a section devoted to single-parent families explaining what life is like as a single parent. This Web guide highlights some of the best.

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Balancing Work and Family

Even with the help of a second parent, balancing your personal, financial, family and work life has its challenging times. For single parents the challenge may be even bigger. Luckily, many other single parents have shared their tips and wisdom gained from several trial-and-error experiences with their kids.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • Many single parents become masters in the art of multitasking. Remember that even working together doing chores or small repairs around the house can be a great opportunity to spend some time with your kids. Home improvement stores such as The Home Depot offer do-it-yourself workshops for kids at their stores.
  • Many parenting and family magazines, including Parents.com and FamilyEducation.com, have a variety of articles dedicated to helping single-parent families adapt to their particular circumstances and function effectively. Even if an advice column in one of these publications is geared toward a more “traditional” family, you might be able to take even a small nugget of advice and adapt it to benefit your family.
  • A spreadsheet might help you keep your family organized by charting and tracking budgets, chores and after-school activities. Google’s Docs and Spreadsheets is a free Web-based application that works well for this purpose.

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