Single Moms – counting the nickels and dimes
“ I just can’t get ahead,” says Karen* who describes herself as the typical single mother. When asked what’s typical – she answers “struggling – trying to make things flow.” Even with medical and housing assistance, she feels like she’s drowning. She says she is grateful and fears what she would do without them while knowing she is still struggling in providing herself and her 10 -year- old daughter.
In the next town sherry* resides with her 3 children of various ages. “I’m two months behind in rent.” She says. “I opened an in home daycare but the state hasn’t paid me for the children I’m watching and it’s been 3 months.” Sherry* had a “good” job with the local school district until her position got eliminated in the last round of budget cuts.
These are just two examples of Single Mothers scrapping to get by in one of the wealthiest counties in the United States.
Sure, there are single moms who are doing well. Some single moms married well resulting in great alimony and child support. They had a time of parental support to build their careers. There are also single moms who have great employment and are doing well, however, the average income of a single mom is $26,000 as of 2016.
In the economics of single moms, the moms can be separated into two categories – those who have married and those who have never married. Overall, research concludes that single mother households are five times more likely to be poor even with employment. Women who have been married makes more money than women who have never married.
What is a single mom to do with the increased pressure on social services to be reduced or eliminated and where work still keep them poor? All is not lost and one can read the recommendations on listed on this site.