Did you know that one-quarter to one-third of all families in the world are headed by single mothers? In the past, the biggest factor had been the death of a parent. But today the factors are more varied: increased rates of divorce and non-marital childbearing, changes in cultural trends, an increase in positions for women in the workplace, and the list goes on. It is estimated that fifty percent of children born today will spend some portion of their childhood in a single-parent household.
One thing every single mom needs is support. If you know a single mother, consider reaching out to her with offers of:
1. A listening ear—Everyone needs to vent emotionally every now and then.
2. Babysitting—A night to relax away from the kids can do a single mom good!
3. Taxi Service—There’s no way for a mom to be in two places at once. Consider offering transportation to school or sports practice. This is especially easy if your child attends the same school or is on the same team.
4. Uplifting—Offering a good deed doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort. Bake a cake, send a card, offer a smile, invite her over for dinner, cook dinner for her, help with lawn care (planting flowers in the spring, pulling weeds in the summer), or any other pick-me-up that you can think of.
Stress takes its toll on the emotions and on the health. Reach out to a single mom you know!
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USA Today Bestselling Author Donna Fasano has written over 30 romance and women’s fiction novels. Her books have won awards and have sold 4 million copies worldwide. Her work is available in paperback, audiobooks, and ebooks for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, and Google Play. Learn more about her at her blog, check out her books, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. She loves to hear from readers.