Single Mom Breadwinners: What's The Secret to Success?
Studies show that the number of breadwinning moms is on the rise—including some seriously ambitious sisters who are doing it for themselves. How? Here, five single moms share how to balance being Mom and the main money maker
Profession: public relations and marketing specialist for the Early Intervention Program of Florida
Number of Children: two, ages 9 and 6
City: Fort Myers, Florida
What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome as a working single parent?
I’m not only divorced but both of my kids have Down syndrome, so on top of all the typical responsibilities of raising two young kids, I work as a full-time advocate for finding the right services that my kids need and deserve.
How do you juggle work and childcare?
It is very hard to find child care centers that are willing to receive kids with special needs, and if they do it, usually they charge more or are exclusive for kids with special needs—a situation that deprives them from natural inclusion. My job position has been wonderful for us, as I work from home with a very flexible schedule that allows me to take care of them, and to create the opportunities they need to keep growing and developing their full potential.
What’s your best advice for fellow single working moms?
It’s hard to be a divorced or single mom. There are still many people who judge women for divorcing. Divorce is not an ideal situation but it is a real option for those who cannot handle living in a bad relationship anymore. Women are powerful and determined, and being single is an opportunity for being in charge of your family and doing the best possible for your kids. Identify your needs, work towards pursuing your dreams and demonstrate to your kids and to the world that challenges brings out the best in us when we are determined to be successful.
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