For a single parent, it can seem as if work never ends. Not only do you play the role of breadwinner and sole provider, but you also play the role of caretaker and homemaker. Without a partner on board to share some of the responsibility, anything that even remotely resembles a work-life balance can seem, well, laughable.
It’s not uncommon for single parents who work outside of the home to feel guilty for having to spend time away from their children. They will often attempt to offset feelings of guilt by spending every non-working spare or “free” moment with their children.
It may not be easy, but it is possible – and necessary – to juggle everyone’s schedules and yet manage to find some time for yourself.
Here are five tips to help single parents find work-life balance:
Retirement can mean different things to different people, but one aspect remains constant: having some kind of retirement savings in order to pay your living expenses if you will no longer receive a paycheck or other income.
Determining how much to save for retirement can be tricky and will vary from person to person. You can use the following steps as a guide to figure out how much to save at each stage of your life.
Not that many decades ago, stay-at-home mothers were the norm in the United States. That started changing during and after World War II because of numerous factors, including the need for women factory workers during the booming war years and a growing post-war economy. This led to two-working-parent households seeking to “keep up with the Joneses,” more women attending college than ever before, and more women joining the workforce to earn their own paycheck or expand their horizons.
Today, many women continue to balance career and family, and some are the primary breadwinner. However, an interesting trend has emerged: Although women were once tasked with raising the children, the past two decades have seen a steady increase in the number of men who choose to be stay-at-home dads, although for different reasons. Since 1989, the number of men who do not work outside the home has nearly doubled.
The accompanying infographic features stay-at-home dad statistics that may surprise you.
It can be hard for a young adult to land a job in a chosen field without having had relevant work experience. One of the best ways to build a résumé and work skills is through internships. How to be sure that an internship will assist one’s career? A National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey found that 65 percent of college grads working in paid internships were likely to receive a full-time job offer.
By working outside of the home, high school students can develop real-world experience, independence, time management skills and responsibility, as well as earn money. Is your teen ready for a job? Following are some surefire signs: