Single Mom Wisdom: 6 Parental Insights to Share With Your Kids About Their Future Right Now by Dawn Taylor

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2 years ago

Single Mom Wisdom: 6 Parental Insights to Share With Your Kids About Their Future Right Now

As a single mother I often struggle financially, but my job is not only to provide my children with things. So I try to give my kids advice on things of value that will help them navigate their futures. Here are a few bits of wisdom I share with my kids consistently:

  • Work hard academically and aim for decent grades. Getting good grades and having a good work ethic go hand in hand when applying for scholarships, and there are many available to families who don’t have the financial means.
  • Your guidance counselor is your best friend through high school. Guidance counselors are there to do more than help you apply to college. They also can provide many resources for scholarships to schools you might never think to apply to. Ask a million questions. They have the answers!
  • Once in college, listen to your adviser. Tap any resources within your college world to get free help with resumes, career planning, etc. It’s all there for the taking. Take unpaid internships if they are available, as they can lead to paid work later.
  • Connect, connect, connect. Every chance you have talk to people, be friendly and ask questions. You never know who it is you are talking to – they might lead you to an opportunity you’d otherwise never be aware of. Connections are sometimes more important than qualifications in the short run (but hard work pays off in the long run).
  • Find something you love to do and find a way to make a living. It might not happen right away, but keep your passions close to your heart and work toward them, however long it takes!
  • You don’t have to decide what you want to do with your life right now. On that note, don’t think that your direction won’t change, because it probably will, many times.

To me, this kind of advice goes a long way. Money might be scarce, but I truly believe that the advice I give them is worth so much more.

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Gwen Johnson
Speak it, sister! Wish we had more parents like you.
Dawn Taylor
Gwen Johnson i am just trying to set them up for success so they are hopefully able to have it easier than me. 😍
Elisa Schmitz
This is excellent advice, Dawn Taylor . We have six in college right now, with three graduating this spring. Your insights are right on. Your kids are so lucky to have you as their mom! #preach
Dawn Taylor
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds wow that is incredible! You must be so proud! Thank you for saying I’m a good mom, I just want them to be ready for the world and know it’s about more than money (thankfully, as I have none 🤷🏻‍♀️🙁🤣)
Elisa Schmitz
I am right there with you, Dawn Taylor ! You are amazing and always inspire me. My son graduates this week. I could not be any prouder. Thank you for sharing your mom journey with us!
Michael Kennedy
This is just fantastic. I grew up with a single mother also without much, but the lessons taught and the laughter we shared combined with her grit and determination still resonates with me on a daily basis today. Money didn’t matter in the least. We did just fine and I am still doing fine many decades later with 3 of my own. You are a great mom.
Dawn Taylor
Michael, thank you for saying this. I often wonder if I’m doing enough and feel bad I can’t give my kids more. But I love them with my whole heart and want them to work hard and hopefully they will struggle less. Money doesn’t motivate me but happiness does. I hope they know I did my best.
Egan Patricia
This is great advice. Thank you
Dawn Taylor
Thank you for saying this. 😍

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