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Back to School Tips for Single Mothers

by Migdalia Rivera

Migdalia Rivera, Founder of Latina On a Mission, shares her personal Back to School Tips for Single Mothers. While LOAM was compensated for said post, the tips remain those of the author.

Back to School Tips for Single Mothers | Latina On a Mission

With school back in session in many parts of the country, I wanted to share my “Back to School Tips for Single Mothers”. Although all parents face difficulties navigating the back to school hustle, single mothers and parents face a different type of juggle. Below I’ve noted my sanity-saving back to school tips for single mothers and parents.

Emergency Contacts

As a single mother, we don’t have a spouse to turn to for help; as a result, it’s good to have your emergency contacts lined up before school begins. I would suggest at least three (3). These individuals should be willing to go to your child’s school at a moment’s notice. Once you’ve decided who should be included as an emergency contact, make sure to contact each of the designated individuals to ensure that they are able to, and willing to, run to your child’s school should something happen. It’s also important to let your child know who the emergency contacts are so that he/she is not caught off guard.

Emergency Babysitter

Every single mother should have a babysitter that they can call on short notice. They are just as important as the emergency contact, if not more, especially for mothers who work outside the home or go to school.  Having more than one is even better! Personally, I have three that I can call on short notice. This way I am covered if one of the sitters cannot help me in a pinch.

 

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Same-Day Delivery Service

I can’t stress how many times a same-day delivery service has saved me time and sanity! I’m sure my son is not the only kid that remembers a project, a book, or school supplies just as I’m dropping him off as school. If yours is anything like mine, it behooves you to have a few same-day delivery services on hand. Most will deliver within a few hours based on your area. These are perfect if you’re on deadline at school, or work, and have no time to run around like a madwoman. Three that I use are: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Ebay.

Meal-Planning

Meal planning is my best friend during the school year – actually all year! By planning my meals ahead of time, I’m able to save money and time. Even better, it helps us stay healthy! Armed with a weekly meal plan, I can scour circulars and online coupon sites to get the best deal. Once purchased, I try to cook and freeze my meals on the weekends. Usually one day is enough to make a week’s worth of meals if I lump meals with similar ingredients into the same week. Example: My lasagna, empanadas, shepherd’s pie, meatloaf and spaghetti and meatballs all use ground turkey. Not only is it easier to cook, but buying ground turkey in bulk is cheaper.

Let’s talk! What do you think of these tips? Do you have any you would like to add? Feel free to share in a comment so that we can all benefit from your wisdom!

Disclosure: This sponsored post is brought to you by Strayer University; however, all tips noted herein remain those of the author.

About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

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1 Gabie August 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I have had so many situations where I’ve needed a backup babysitter, of course I never had one. I couldn’t afford it. My next goal is to try and find one. :) Great tips Migdalia

-Gabie

2 Migdalia Rivera August 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Gabie Try to ask friends and family if they would volunteer, just try to make sure to have a few so that you are not continuously asking the same person to help out. In the past, I’ve found that this could make the family/friends feel put upon.

3 Janet Dubac August 26, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Way to go! I think single moms are amazing! You are a strong woman and in my point of view, you are handling things very well. I’ll have these tips in mind in preparation for when my little one stars to go to school.

4 Migdalia Rivera August 27, 2013 at 9:53 am

Janet Dubac Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the tips. Like most parents, single moms just want the best for their kids. It propels us and gives us strength we didn’t realize we had!

5 kerri August 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I also shared some back to school rules for single moms. I think both lists dovetail nicely! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kerri-zane/backtoschool-rules-for-si_b_3819754.html

also, I would love to connect our communities. if you are interested in sharing my upcoming single mom superstar webinar. I would be very grateful. http://kerrizane.com/single-mom-superstar/

thanks!
Kerri

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