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No Money, Single Mom

QUESTION:

I’m scared. Plain and simple. It’s looking like I’ll be a single mom with a tiny bit of input from the father. I don’t know how to do it. I’m not even sure if I should go with the adoption route or not. I’m in a small space with 4 other people (immediate family) and to bring a baby in would take space away from them. I don’t know what to do. Do you have any advice for a mom-to-be with no finances?

EPIC MOMMY RESPONSES:

My response:

It’s normal to be scared…this is a tough time for you. You have to take the time to realize what you want to do – believe me it is difficult becoming a mom when you’re not ready or when you don’t have the support of a significant other. But it is possible to be a single mom, even without finances.

Speak with someone that you trust and could help you through this time. It could be your pastor, trusted friend or family member, or even seek professional help.  You want to make a decision that is best for you and your child.  Speak with the family members that you live with – determine if they can help in any way.  Visit your local human & health services and determine if there are any programs or resources to help support yourself and your child.  They can probably even help you to get a new place.

It may seem impossible when you’re in a situation – but you can overcome this and live a happy life with your child.  You just have to focus on doing what’s best for you and your child, and all can be accomplished.

Wishing you the utmost best! I know this is a tough time for you, but we are here to support you any time you need it.

Mari’s response:

Dear Mom to Be, my perception from what you have shared is confusion. I would suggest perhaps you seek guidance in a professional setting as well as within yourself. Seems you aren’t sure what direction to take as far as becoming a parent and that is fine as long as in the end you do what is best for you and your child. There is nothing wrong with realizing you are not ready to become a mom and if you have a few blocks to over come even more of a reason to really stop and think. Adoption is an option but it isn’t something to take lightly, please seek help from a trusted source. Don’t worry about the “single mom” label it’s just a label it isn’t who you are. It’s just a circumstance you face at this moment. Yes it takes a little more effort but so do many other things in life. I wish you all the best, please research and take your time. You have to think of you first so you can do what’s best if you are to care for another.

How would you handle this situation?

Share your thoughts and advice to this single mom in the comments below and help other single parents going through a similar situation.


Mari’s Bio:

Mari

 

Hello I’m Mari and I love sharing uplifting information. I started Living in Mommywood, back in August 2013 in hopes of sharing a laid back approach to all things parenting related. I have a beautiful daughter named Erica who’s a college student. I have a passion for Yoga, Meditation and laughing among other things.
Live Love Laugh is my motto.

 

 


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Comments

  1. Dear Mom-to-be I believe that if God gave you the gift to bear a child is because he knows that you will be able to handle it. Babies always come with blessings! Don’t worry about the finances, just focus on the present and look for a job down the road. I am sure friends and family will help you while you find your way and get up on your feet. Stay strong and positive, you’ll see that motherhood is the best thing that will ever happen to you!

  2. I’ve been a single mom before. After my boyfriend and I broke up I had to go on Ontario Works (which is like welfare) and support the two of us myself. It wasn’t easy, but I’m fortunate that there are a lot of services around that I was willing to use such as the food bank, Ontario Works and if it came to it, subsidized housing and subsidized daycare, all of which I never knew about until I had to use them.

    Once on Ontario Works I was able to meet with a counsellor once a week who helped me find any help or services I needed and she was amazing to talk to.

    I guess my point is, do your research, don’t be afraid to ask for help and accept it. There’s no shame with having to use social services if you actually need it.

    And one more point, I never knew what I was capable of until I was faced with that problem. We’re all stronger than we believe at first.

    • Thank you for sharing, Cole. It’s so true – I never knew I was capable of being a single mom and taking care of my child on my own until I was faced with the problem. You become strong and focused when you realize that you just have to step forward and do it. I really appreciate you sharing your motivating words with this single mom.

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