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The stress of handling all household expenses alone are daunting and challenging for single women, warranting the need for financial assistance for single mothers. It is important for single mothers to realize that help is available in times of distress. When every dollar you earn is spent before it is received and/or you find yourself needing financial assistance to make ends meet, where can you turn? Read More
Looking for more ways to work from home? Ever try writing? There are many work-from-home writing gigs available; you just have to know where to look. Some people start on the low-end with low-paying writing jobs (i.e. content firms, rev-share sites like Hubpages and Textbroker). While this is a good way to begin writing from home for pay, and a great way to get your feet wet as a writer, to find the more higher paying writing gigs, you'll need access to other sources. Available to U.S. writers and those living in other countries, Writing-jobs.net might be worth a try. It's an online service providing writing jobs to members by partnering with many credible corporations, such as Huffington Post, About.Com and Working Mother. Articles pay up to $50 per article and Ebooks pay considerably more. In addition to access to the writing database, members get lots of freebies: blogging tools, writing software, electronic sticky notes software, etc. It's $27 for regular membership, but right now they are running a 7-day trial for $1.
To visit Writing-jobs.net
For other Work-At-Home opportunities for writers, check out:
HomejobStop Job Bank - Researches thousands of work from home opportunities. Homejobstop was founded in response to a critical and ongoing need for content management with regard to home-based advertised opportunities.
By Alice Judge-Talbot
“Guess what, my partner is away with work this week. I’m doing the single parent thing - just like you!”
Whenever one of my lovely friends says the above sentence to me, I silently grimace.
No you’re not. It’s not their fault. Single-parenting from the outside seems pretty two-dimensional. But there’s a vast difference between caring near full-time for your children as a lone parent and having to look after them while your partner is away (though still on the end of the phone). So, sorry, well-meaning friends. When you tell me you’re playing at single parenting, you’ve got it totally wrong. Read More
Chelsea Milling Company was established in 1901, as a traditional flour mill. By early 1930 the company had expanded into the retail prepared baking mix market with their first “JIFFY” Mix product. Today, “JIFFY” is the market share leader in retail prepared muffin mixes. Jiffy was the first prepared baking mix in the U.S. It was created by Mabel White Holmes. Her grandson is now running the company. When people think of Jiffy, they think of the cornbread mix but actually the Chelsea Milling Company has an extensive line of baking products: cake mixes, frostings, brownie mix, all-purpose baking mix, pie crust mix and even pizza crust mix all for about 50 cents per box. The corn muffin mix is most popular and accounts for 91% of all their sales.
The new and improved Jiffy recipe book is free and full of great, yet economical recipes. Great for sleepovers and quick desserts. Also, the cookbook contains some main courses as well.
FREE "JIFFY" Mix Recipe Book. Many new and updated recipes along with some of old time favorites.
Click here to get your copy.
The Department of the Interior has launched a new program called Every Kid in a Park. This program gives a free access pass to any 4th grader (and up to three accompanying adults) for over 2,000 national parks, national forests, and wildlife refuges. The pass is valid for the 2015–2016 school year, and was created in honor of the National Park Service’s upcoming 100th birthday in 2016.
The goal of Every Kid in a Park is to encourage children to spend more time in the great outdoors and away from their electronic devices by giving them easier access to national parks and historic sites. With 80% of American families living in urban areas, and children now using electronic devices an average of 53 hours a week, this program presents an excellent opportunity for students to enjoy nature and learn more about their country’s history. Read More
Written by Aunice Reed
Cash Crate is a “get-paid-to” (GPT) site where people can join and make decent side money for free. I can verify that it is NOT a scam, and if you put effort into it, you can potentially make some nice cash to pay bills with or to use for trips, camp, or family-time activities. There are people making hundreds each month on there. Besides being a single parent home educator and writer, I am also a graduate student so I don’t put the energy or effort into it to make that much, but I have gotten paid from Cash Crate. I do Cash Crate primarily for fun and leisure. Besides getting paid, you get coupons, discounts and lots of free samples in the mail. That’s the part I like most. You can also play games on there. I do this when taking a break from completing offers. Truthfully, I can spend all day doing this.
On Cash Crate, members get paid to sign up for offers, doing surveys, trying products and viewing videos. There are a few offers that require you to pay a small shipping fee or something, but most of the offers are free. I only do free offers, unless I really want the item or service. The great thing I like is that you can participate in contests and forums, and there is a blog. You can learn a lot and get great tips from the top earners there. It is a great way for teens to make a little money while on breaks from school, but they have to be 13 years of age to participate. An important point to remember is that you will have to sign up for these offers with authentic information, not fake, made-up info. So it is imperative to get yourself a separate email account strictly set up for this. Only 1 account per household is allowed.
You can also make residual income on Cash Crate by simply referring others and earning a commission. Many members only focus on this and do quite well. Cash Crate pays via check, but PayPal is available for members who have reached a certain level. It is a great way to earn some extra cash from home.
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Meet Vanessa Wilson: a homeschooling mother from the West Coast with three children. She is a single mom. Last year, California’s Child Protective Services (CPS) seized Vanessa’s two younger children, keeping her youngest daughter in foster care for 50 days. Home School Legal Defense Association HSLDA) helped Vanessa get her children back and is now representing her in a lawsuit against the government officials who unjustly separated this family. HSLDA attorneys helped Vanessa get her children back from Riverside County CPS custody and have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against several caseworkers. "They are seeking damages for multiple violations." Read more in the 4th quarter issue of HSLDA's The Home School Court Report, 2014.
Homeschooling is legal according to California law and all states in America, but it is still being challenged in many different ways. Oftentimes it comes under the guise of medical neglect, as with the case cited above. If you are a single parent currently homeschooling, or planning to do so, it is important to join HSLDA. They can be very helpful in answering legal questions, helping you get your child's school records when leaving public education, or if you should have a legal problem that needs addressing they are there. When you join, your fee becomes part of a larger pool of resources which helps meet the legal costs of other members like Vanessa and her children (story above). It costs $100 for the whole school year. You can pay this in monthly installments of $10, or make a one-time payment.
Vanessa Wilson was awarded $700,000 from CPS. You can read more about it here.
1 in 4 children (17 million) are being raised without a father and about half of those (45%) are living below poverty level. Of children raised by single fathers, 21% live in poverty. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014.
Single Parent Advocate is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping single parent families "build resource connections" and end the poverty cycle among them. They are based in the Dallas/Fortworth area, but helps individuals and organizations nationwide. This group plans events frequently. So if you live in the Dallas/Fortworth or surrounding areas this is likely a good resource for you to link up with.
From their website singleparentadvocate.org:
Single Parent Advocate
Resources page (very helpful!)
MeetUp Group page - here's where to find out about their events and activities
"We are a nonprofit that reaches out to help single parents, their children, and their support organizations. On this website you will find links to resources that provide strong and suitable aid for families that are government, non-profit, and faith-based solutions...Single Parent Advocate and it's growing community has already provided auto repair, school supplies, food, toys, beds, family portraits, computer assistance, and hope to families that are in the gap now, and the organization vows to continue making a profound difference in the lives of single parents and their families in the years to come."
I recently received notification from Dr. Samori Camara of Kamali Academy that parents of public school students are "standing against the proliferation of high-stakes tests." They are opting out of PARCC assessments. These tests are not the typical standardized exams that everyone is familiar with. They are computerized assessments which are given to children as young as 7 and 8 years of age (3rd grade level). This, unfortunately, is not the only problem with the tests and parents are very concerned.
According to the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers aka PARCC is "a consortium of 26 members states that has received $170 million in federal education dollars to craft standardized assessments that align with the Common Core State Standards." Now although most of what public schools do typically does not affect or apply to homeschoolers, this Common Core business actually is an exception to this. So we all should be concerned and should learn all we can about it.
Furthermore, many of us (homeschoolers) are currently enrolled in public school charter programs. Even though you are doing school at home, it is still public education and Common Core directly affects your children. If your children are enrolled in one of the public school independent study programs, depending upon what state you live in, you will need to opt out of the testing, if that is your choice. To learn more about PARCC and opting out of testing, watch this short, powerful video. The United Opt Out movement and video were launched in New Jersey, but PARCC testing is a nationwide assessment that many states have signed on to implement.
Further Information and Resources:
Unitedoptout.com - United Opt Out: The Movement to End Corporate Education Reform
Common Core: A Threat to Homeschoolers? - HSLDA, originally published in Home Enrichment Magazine
Homeschooling Parents Rally Against Common Core - Huffington Post
Opposition in Common Core Spurs Jump in Homeschooling - Fox News
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About the Author:
Aunice Yvonne Reed is the owner, founder and author of the SPHEA website and blog. She is a SWHM who has been homeschooling for years. Aunice is also the director of the CA School of Excellence Home Education Program.