It’s a Family Affair – Unconventional Resources

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The single mom topic is a sticky subject for me and other “truly” single moms.  My son’s father has joint custody and sees him every other weekend, if not more, especially in the summer or around holidays.  I’m not currently receiving child support.  It’s a LONG story.

I also do have a live-in boyfriend significant other boyfriend (okay that sounds weird, when I say ALSO and the whole “what to call him” is  mess), but he works two jobs, so I still feel like a single mom.  Since I am the breadwinner, the “extra” income has little effect on our lifestyle, but is needed right now due to unforeseen financial circumstances.  I felt like less of a single mom when he was unemployed due to layoff and I was the only one working.  Now, I’m in charge of it all again.  Raising a teenager is taking a toll on me.

I can easily say that my teenage son has it going for him.  He’s got all of the latest technologies, which I provided for him by working my toosh off, but the finances have taken a hit as of late.  This is the reason my boyfriend is working two jobs.

pay it forward

I’ve always been the kind of person who wants to “pay it forward” and I firmly believe in the mantra of “do unto others”.  I also believe in Karma.

Everything you do comes back to you.

For many years, I’ve wanted to involve my son in charitable events and organizations.  We’ve donated, we’ve free-cycled, but I don’t feel like he’s ever really understood what exactly we’re trying to accomplish or how fortunate he is compared to others.

As a teenager, it’s important, critical in fact, that he grasp this concept NOW. So, I enlisted the help of my former in-laws.  You did what?

It’s definitely unconventional of me, but I proposed the idea to my ex in-laws per se…

pay it forward

We’re going to gather up all of the children and parents from multiple generations and pay it forward.  We plan to make this a regular occurrence, not just around holidays.  Our children need to learn what it means to really be hungry, to really be needy and the difference between needs versus wants. 

We also plan to schedule a “movie night” where the children watch a movie such as “Pay It Forward” or something of the like to get them in the know.  Philanthropy will be the theme!

What are you doing to make sure your child understands the need to pay it forward?

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Melissa enjoys saving money, making extra money from home, sharing her opinion on products and entering sweepstakes and giveaways! She is the mother to a newly turned teenager. Recently diagnosed with an auto-immune disease she shares her journey to go gluten-free and eventually observe the Paleo Diet.

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