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HERES A LITTLE HISTORY ON MYSELF. I AM 19 YEARS OLD AND I AM CURRENTLY A SINGLE MOTHER TO A BEAUTIFUL 7 MONTH YEAR OLD GIRL NAMED TATIANA LILY. SHE IS THE ♥ OF MY LIFE AND THE REASON FOR ALL THE THINGS I DO. I HAVE ALREADY GONE THROUGH SOME CRAZY THINGS AS A SINGLE MOTHER BUT I WOULDNT TRADE BEING A MOTHER FOR ANYTHING IN THE WORLD.
MY MOTHER WAS A SINGLE MOTHER AS WELL AND I ADMIRE HER TO THE FULLEST. I KNOW ALL WE CAN GO THROUGH.

SO, THIS GROUP IS TO TALK, ASK QUESTIONS, GIVE ADVICE, VENT, SHOW OFF YOUR CHILDREN, AND UNITE AS POWERFUL WOMEN.
I WOULD LOVE YOU TO SHARE YOUR SUCCESS STORIES AS A SINGLE MOTHER

IM VERY EXCITED ABOUT THI S GROUP! PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ADD ON.
THANK YOU AND STAY STRONG.. YOU HAVE COME THIS FAR.. AND YOU CAN MAKE ANYTHING HAPPEN.

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Change is Constant

Posted By oprahpowerandi on Mar 20, 2010 at 4:45PM

I embrace the one constant feature of life - that is change.  My life changed dramatically in the span of the last 12 months.  I had a baby, got laid off from my job and ended my marriage.  All of these changes would be overwhelming to most people.  For me, these changes presented an opportunity to start again.

Click on the picture and read how I have embraced the changes in my life...

~Consolata

 

How To Honor Your Emotional Boundaries and Break Up With Grace and Dignity

Posted By oprahpowerandi on Jan 2, 2010 at 1:55PM

We're only 3 days into the New Year and already you may be questioning the viability of your personal relationships.  Read how I recently ended things with my boyfriend.  It may empower you to take charge of your own emotional health and re-establish your own emotional autonomy.

New Year’s Resolutions-5 SMART Steps to Achieve Your 2010 Goals

Posted By oprahpowerandi on Dec 30, 2009 at 6:57PM

Do you know what I think of when someone mentions New Year’s resolutions to me?   I think of Goals.  People that make New Year’s resolutions, have Goals.  If you don’t have a resolution for 2010, then in my opinion you are without Goals.  In other words, you have given up and you have resigned yourself to one of two ideas:

1.  You are perfect and there is no further life planning that you wish to do.  

2.  You’ve given up and therefore there is no point in setting Goals.

 

When thinking about the topic for this blog piece I returned to my business training.  A fundamental part of strategic planning is setting Goals for the company in the following year.  Why not use this same method in our personal lives?

One of the most popular goal setting tools is the SMART method.  SMART stands for:

Specific

Measureable

Achievable

Realistic

Time-based

3 Must Haves for Successful Childcare Experience

Posted By oprahpowerandi on Nov 7, 2009 at 9:40PM

For most parents, finding an affordable, reputable childcare center is the primary concern when preparing to send a child to daycare.  Whether it is a daycare franchise, learning center or in-home daycare as parents we want to know we are dealing with daycare professionals and our children are safe.

Described in this article are three things you should ask yourself before selecting a childcare provider.  These are your must haves with regard to environment, hours and discipline.

In Case of a Seizure with Your Child

Posted By BETTYROCKETS on Oct 23, 2007 at 8:02PM

Tonight my little sister had a seizure and calapsed at work after throwing up twice. She was taken into Celebration Hospital. She is going through x-rays and catscans. She apparently bumped her head very hard on the tile when she callapsed. Her neck won't move and when i got the call I was at work. Well, I'm still at work but I googled seizures and came up with this:
(please keep prayer for my sister)

Seizures are caused by abnormal electrical discharges in the brain. Symptoms may vary depending on the part of the brain that is involved, but seizures often cause unusual sensations, uncontrollable muscle spasms, and loss of consciousness.

Some seizures may be the result of a medical problem. Low blood sugar, infection, a head injury, accidental poisoning, or drug overdose can cause a seizure. A seizure may also be due to a brain tumor or other health problem affecting the brain. In addition, anything that results in a sudden lack of oxygen to the brain can cause a seizure. In some cases, the cause of the seizure is never discovered.

When seizures recur, it may indicate the chronic condition known as epilepsy.

Febrile seizures, relatively common in kids younger than 5 years old, can occur when a child develops a high fever, usually with the temperature rising rapidly to 102° Fahrenheit (38.9° Celsius) or more. While terrifying to parents, these seizures are usually brief and rarely cause any problems, unless the fever is associated with a serious infection, such as meningitis. A child who has a febrile seizure is not more likely to develop epilepsy.

I have a 8 month old baby and want to know what to do in case of emergencies such as these:

IN CASE OF A YOUR CHILD GOING INTO A SEIZURE:
A child who's having a seizure should be placed on the ground or floor in a safe area. Remove any nearby objects. Loosen any clothing around the head or neck. Do not try to wedge the child's mouth open or place an object between the teeth, and do not attempt to restrain movements. Once the seizure seems to have ended, roll your child onto his or her side.

Call emergency medical services immediately if your child:

has difficulty breathing
turns bluish in color
has sustained a head injury
seems ill
has a known heart condition
has never had a seizure before
might have ingested any poisons, medications, etc.
If your child has previously had seizures, call emergency services if the seizure lasts more than 5 minutes, or if the seizure is different or unusual.

If your child is breathing normally and the seizure lasts just a few minutes, you can wait until it has subsided, then call your doctor.

Following the seizure, your child will probably fall into a deep sleep (this is called the postictal period). This is normal, and you should not try to wake your child. Do not attempt to give food or drink until your child is awake and alert.

For a child who has febrile seizures, the doctor may suggest that you give fever-reducing medicine (such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen) to control the fever and prevent seizures from recurring. Your doctor may also recommend sponging your child with lukewarm water to help cool him or her down.

Following a seizure — particularly if it is a first or unexplained seizure — call your doctor or emergency medical service for instructions. Your child will usually need to be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible.

RESOURCE & PLEASE ADD TO FAVORITES:
http://www.kidshealth.org/index.html
you can also go here for safety tips, q & a, parenting skills

maury- dead beat dad

Posted By BETTYROCKETS on Oct 21, 2007 at 6:11PM

LINK TIME: GREAT SINGLE PARENT SITES

Posted By BETTYROCKETS on Oct 17, 2007 at 6:38PM

HERE ARE SOME SITES I HAVE COME ACROSS ON GOOGLE AS WEBSITES FOR SINGLE PARENTS. MANY HAVE CHAT ROOMS, GREAT INSPIRING STORIES, QUESTIONS & ANSWERS. CHECK 'EM OUT! AND IF I HAVE FORGOTTEN SOME THAT YOU KNOW OF PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ADD THEM IN COMMENTS! HAVE FUN!

1. http://www.singlemoms.org/

2. http://singleparentsnetwork.com/Articles/Single_Mothers/

3. http://singleparentsnetwork.com/Articles/Single_Mothers/

4. http://www.singlerose.com/

5. http://www.singlemothers.org/

6. http://www.singleparentsonline.net/

7. http://www.ncsmc.org.au/main.htm

8. http://www.hopenetworkinc.org/.

9. http://www.co-abode.com/

10. http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/1999/03/cov_31featureb.html

11. http://www.ability.org.uk/single_mothers.html

12. http://www.comeunity.com/parenting/single-mothers.html

13. http://www.singlemothersjourney.com/

14. http://www.singleparentmeet.com/ -----> :woohoo:

15. http://www.singleparentmatch.com/ ----- > :woohoo:

SURVIVING AS A SINGLE PARENT: HELPFUL GUIDE

Posted By BETTYROCKETS on Oct 17, 2007 at 6:19PM

1 - Forgive even if you will never be able to Forget -

Let go of grudges you may hold against your child’s other parent, who is absent from BOTH of your lives. Holding onto feelings of anger will not change your situation and will probably consume a great deal of your energy - energy you need to devote to creating a positive environment for your child. If you dwell on your disappointment with and/or dislike of the father or mother of your child - chances are your child will sense your feelings and suffer in some way from your negative attitude.

2 - Make the most of everything you have -

Even if you do not have a lot of money, you do have your child and your love and your time to give to him or her. Try to remember that monetary wealth and material possessions are not the most important items in your child’s life. Your love, support and time together mean much more to them. You can have fun for free. Activities like - going for a walk or a bike ride, playing at the park, coloring, painting, singing, or dancing - will thrill your child just as much as spending money to go to an amusement park, an arcade or a toy store.

3 - Be the best parent you can possibly be -

Give as much as you can without setting goals that are unrealistic for one parent to achieve. Don’t beat yourself up for what cannot be. Do recognize what you can do to create a good life for your child to the best of your abilities.

4 - Develop a network of reliable resources - Families are not biological.

Surround yourself and your child with friends you know and trust - people who care about both of you. “Aunts” and “Uncles” and even “Grandparents,” who are not blood-related can be just as beneficial to your child as actual biological family members. The “family” you create for your child can provide him or her with the same kind of love and support as a traditional family. They can also help you with your responsibilities as a single parent. Let them play an active role in your child’s life. Learn to turn to your “family” when you need a break. Nobody should have to go it alone and you will probably be able to be a better parent by relying on your “family” of close friends to support you and your child.

5 - Take responsibility for your life today -

Remember whatever lead you to where you are today, you are responsible for another life - the innocent life of a child, who didn’t ask to be born. Your child is not responsible for the experiences or events that made you become a single parent. Your child is completely dependent upon you through no choice of their own. Don’t let them down or hold them accountable for your actions (or the actions of their absent parent). They are powerless and vulnerable to the possibly less-than-ideal consequences they face as the child of a single parent. Your role and influence in their life is paramount to their chances of becoming a happy, productive, successful adult. They need you more than their words will ever tell.

6 - Set up daily rituals and regular routines -

Your child needs stability and security. One way to provide this is by developing a daily routine. Simple things like - going to the park every Sunday afternoon, eating dinner together each night, sharing a treat before nap time or reading a book together before bed every night, will become activities that your child looks forward to and can count on to occur with regularity.

7 - Be consistent and dependable -

Create realistic rules and a standard of discipline that you stick to all the time. If you’re consistent with your child, he or she will learn what is acceptable behavior and what is not. They will also learn what you expect from them and what they can expect from you. If you’re dependable, they will know that they can always count on you to help them with their homework, be there for dinner or tuck them in bed at night. They have to be able to depend on you. You’re the most important person in their life. Try to remember that no matter how tired you are at the end of the day or how frustrated you may become when they’re fussy - They need you to be there for them. You should cherish every moment with your child - they are the best blessings on earth

Tagged with: Motherhood, parenting, kids

BEST MOMENTS IN MOTHERHOOD

Posted By BETTYROCKETS on Oct 17, 2007 at 6:14PM

1. Seeing your baby’s first smile (does it matter that it could have been wind in tummy? Nah!)

2. Breastfeeding

3. Baby cooing and smiling when she sees you

4. Baby calms down when you give me a nice warm cuddle

5. Baby's first tooth

6. The first giant wobbly step

7. The first word

8. The first baby utters ‘mamma’ or ‘mommy’

9. Getting down for tickle-time…right after story time

10. Seeing your child/baby overcome an obstacle without your help

11. The start of potty training (Very huge accomplishment)

12. The first A, B, C…

13. The first 1, 2, 3

14. When your baby comes over to you for a hug (for no apparent reason at all)

15. When someone tells you that your child is handsome or pretty

16. When someone compliments you on how well-behaved your child is

17. Child learns how to dance

18. Enjoying the off-key singing of your child

19. Seeing your child make new friends

20. Your child is able to love someone else other than you and herself.

21. You can dance around naked with your child with no inhibition

22. Going shopping with your teen.

23. Kissing your child in the morning before leaving for work

24. when your child gives you something to show you what a wonderful mother you have been to him/her.

SOURCE:
http://singlemotherresources.com/best_worst_motherhood.htm