Home for single mothers is often the crux of family life. The home is where you play, discipline and feed your children. It is also, just as importantly, where you will often take time out to relax and reflect on the previous day or week.
If you are looking into buying or owning your own home, then look into home ownership schemes. Go to the Public Housing Authorities Director’s Association to find the website of your state’s local housing authority. The Housing and Urban Development scheme can help you buy an affordable home. They sell properties in every state and can also help fund a meeting with a housing counselor who can advice you on mortgages and the home buying process.
A matched savings account set up by a community organization, helps low income families save money for various things such as small businesses or buying a home. These are called Individual Development Accounts. Remember to try to keep your credit history as clean a possible as a bad credit rating may hinder your chances of getting a loan to buy your own home.
If you are renting at the moment, make the best of what you have by introducing some new furniture, or you can give your apartment/house a lick of paint. Make sure you check your lease and ask your landlord for permission before you do this. You may be also expected to repaint the home a neutral color when you move out. Decorating can be a fun thing for you and your family to do together and will change the look and feel of the home.
Landlords are obligated by law to keep their properties safe sand habitable for their tenants. Any repair work has to be fixed as soon as possible by the landlord through a qualified technician. If the damage is not your fault, then expect your landlord to pay. However if the damage is your fault then your landlord may expect you to pay the cost of the repair work.
When it comes to home activities, try to make daily routines fun for the children. Young children are often eager to have a go at house chores like gathering up laundry and cutting shapes in baking dough. Get them involved in house tasks as not only is this aiding their development, but it kills two birds with one stone, so to speak.
You can also work from home, to both make money and have time to care for your children. There are a multitude of careers in freelancing and small home businesses where you can have the best of both worlds- not forgetting that you save money on travel and work clothes. The most important thing about working from home may be the fact that you are there when your children come back from school.
Whether you are looking to buy, decorate or make your home more efficient, the home for single mothers is one of the most important part of you and your children’s lives.