Oct 01, 2020
In Making a Living
Our kids need us now. Especially being in a single-parent family. How do we as single-parents work to get by and still devote the time and energy to the one who need it most instead of those employers who demand it? Well, now you're speaking my language... How do you take good care of our kids, try to have a life and work full time? Simply put, you can't. So what can we do? Is it possible to work part time and support kids? Yes! You will find out from how often and with what zeal I approach this subject that it is very close to my heart. On a frosty December morning in 2008, my ex-wife was rushed to surgery for an emergency C-section. I had just taken my Level 2 Industrial First-Aid ticket and wanting to test my grit, I received permission to watch the surgery from the other side of the curtain. Let me tell you, there's a LOT of cutting. Like scissors cutting...From all the movies I ever watched, they hand the little bundle of joy to mommy right away. Not so much. Mom was flying high on an epidural with a gaping hole in her abdomen. So, after the initial crying and cleaning him up, they put him in my arms. At the moment my little boy was handed to me, I became a father. My head was so warm, like a supernova of love exploded in my noggin. I knew at that moment everything and nothing. What I did know oddly enough, was exactly, precisely what to do to. One epiphany I had was that I wanted to be there for all his, and later my daughter's, firsts. Not only did I want to provide for them physically, but emotionally and spiritually. The latter 2 take effort and time. Though I did work full-time out of the house for some time, I later abandoned that paradigm. So what did I do? Everything. I've worked in fields from being an ABA Behavioral Therapist for children with Autism, Tutoring, Teaching English, Construction, Commercial Trades to Warehousing, Driving to Life Insurance, Ran a Renovation Business to name some. Though most of the above were vocations prior to and during my marriage. Close to the end of my marriage and into single-parenthood, I only worked part-time. Starting your own business is a great option, Gig-work like TaskRabbit or Instacart are good. Now with the power of the internet, you can start a drop-shipping biz or Send stock to and sell stuff on Amazon or ebay. A note of caution! I have nearly lost my shirt on this kinda stuff. There are any number of swindlers out there that want to teach you their 'secret way' for thousands of dollars. To be fair they're not all bad, but the majority are pretty slick and you can find most of that training for free on Youtube. This is unfortunately where I have found single-parents have been taken advantage of. I was one of them, though I did find one 'program where this was a recurring theme. I will definitely be sharing with you specific programs that work and are worth your time in the blog. This is just a brief summary to get the discussion started. Let us know what you have found that HAS NOT worked for you.