Being a parent is the most important job you’ll ever have.

However, as rewarding a job as it is, it certainly isn’t an easy one. Not only is being a parent difficult but doing it on your own makes it that much harder.

It can be a lot. At times, it may feel like too much.

Don’t worry! There are plenty of steps you can take to improve the quality of your life both financially and emotionally.

If someone asked you as a single parent, “What do you wish you had more of?” It would come as no surprise if you said, “Time and money.”

Finding Money

There is no shame in admitting you need help. Whether it’s government assistance or some great money-making/saving sites, the resources are out there.

Credit Aroma

Your credit score will affect the majority of your financial interactions for the rest of your life. A poor credit score can make getting a new car, a new home, sometimes even a new job a much more difficult prospect. Credit Aroma will help you find cards that will allow you to rehabilitate your credit and earn even more money while you do it.

Government Assistance

Those two words have a stigma that they really don’t deserve. The whole point of society is to work together to help everyone make it. If you’re a single parent struggling to make it, check your eligibility for TANF (cash assistance), SNAP (Food Stamps), Unemployment (if you’re out of work) and Medicaid (healthcare) benefits. Don’t let hundreds, possibly thousands, of dollars just sit there.

Freelance Writing

I can tell you from experience that this is a quick and easy way to make a supplemental income on your own time. It could even help transition to a part time job, so you have more time to manage your family needs. Even if you aren’t the strongest writer, you best bet is to look for openings in a singular field of interest (trust me, they’re out there). Work From Home Today is a site that can be a great resource in finding a stable side hustle!

Finding Time

No matter how you use them, there are only so many hours in a day. When you factor in getting your kid ready for school, getting ready for work, going to work, working, picking your kid up from school, helping with homework, cooking dinner, getting the little one ready for bed and preparing to do it all over again the next day; free time may seem like a foreign concept.

Here are some things you can do to make the most out of the little time you do have.

Get Up Earlier

Wait! Hear me out… I know by the time your head hits the pillow, the idea of taking it off again is a physically painful one.

Sleep is great, but once you’re awake, you’re awake. Instead of rolling back over and begging the powers that be for 5 more minutes, get up for some quality “Me time.” As a bonus, it will most likely come with some peace and quiet.

On the other hand, you could use that extra time to tackle any chores you want to get done and enjoy being able to slow your day down.

Make the Most of Your Lunch Hour

You might be afraid it comes off as anti-social. But, with just about every other minute of your day scheduled and regulated. Everyone needs a break from people. Treating your lunch hour like a micro-vacation can do wonders for your sanity.

Go for a walk, listen to some music, watch a TV show you like, whatever you want. It’s all your time.