These days, too many single moms are living from paycheck to paycheck. If you take a short survey of many single mothers out there, this is too often the case. For many single mothers, each paycheck is about survival for herself and her family.
With the cost of child care on the rise as well as living costs, single mothers are often at the mercy of their jobs and would be in real trouble if they were to ever lose their job.
But what happens when she or one of her children gets sick and she needs to take a day off?
In extreme cases, some single mothers may even lose their job if they have a sick day. In Miami-Dade County there is a proposal for sick leave pay. This is a proposal to the change in law to protect people who find themselves in this type of situation – where low income people cannot afford to not only lose a day’s pay for being sick, but also their job.
Reality is, these days, there should actually be a lot more community support than there really is. This would significantly reduce the financial and emotional burden that many single parent families are feeling and also reduce the worry about losing ones job.
Community support was how it was done in the old days – where, as the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. Unfortunately, these days are vastly different. Many small communities are trying their hardest to change that, but reality is, it is a culture which is very difficult to change.
There are also organizations out there which aim to reduce the financial burden for low income families, single parents or not. This is so that there can be a little bit of extra cash in these families pockets, which can often mean that the stress level in the house is significantly reduced. A little cash goes a long way in many of these families.