IF YOU ARE A SINGLE PARENT..WHAT "GIFT" GIVEN TO YOU ECONOMICALLY, WOULD MAKE YOUR DAY? (can be a PERSONAL gift OR general gift for you and kids etc)

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TamLynn

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I've raised kids for 30 yrs .last one still in the house..have 1.5 grandbabies so..now I'm at a " different" stage in my life. Was 20 when I had my first baby...plus..being a youth group leader for years..time to find people my own age..lol
I led youth group too for several years! Good times!! (But I'm happy just dropping off my kiddo and leaving now)!!
 

Jewel5712

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I led youth group too for several years! Good times!! (But I'm happy just dropping off my kiddo and leaving now)!!
I mostly did Jr hi n high school..LOTS of late nights at retreats and a LOT of energy..but A LOT of searching of what's biblically wrong n right..
 

Jewel5712

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@TamLynn..do you currently go to a big church? Mine has bout 150 in the sanctuary at the 2 nd service..doesn't include kids n not sure how many for the first service..but the building itself is a converted bar n club..kinda cool history but pretty non traditional and I love it..it soeaks truth from the pupit n not afraid to talk bout sin and sinful social issues..definitely not a "feel good" church .lol
 
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LittleMermaid

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How about lunch after church someday? I remember this elderly lady did that for us once and it was pretty cool. She took us to Mr. Gatti's Pizza and my brother and I had a blast!
We still remember her with kind hearts. :giggle::giggle::giggle:
 

TamLynn

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@TamLynn..do you currently go to a big church? Mine has bout 150 in the sanctuary at the 2 nd service..doesn't include kids n not sure how many for the first service..but the building itself is a converted bar n club..kinda cool history but pretty non traditional and I love it..it soeaks truth from the pupit n not afraid to talk bout sin and sinful social issues..definitely not a "feel good" church .lol
On a full Sunday I'd say 50-60 people. The majority of our congregation are seniors, with a fair amount of us middle agers sprinkled about. Our pastor is in his mid thirties and has a young family so younger folks are starting to trickle in.
Wonderful, godly people who truly have a desire for our community in come to Christ. Sound preaching too!
 

Cee

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I think a great gift would be getting her a baby sitter. And taking her out in some way. It depends on her unique personality of course. Look for what she's missing. And see if you can help her with it. If she's always busy with the kids, help her with a babysitter. If she struggles with money, maybe help her provide for the kids in some small way. If she doesn't have many friends, be a friend.
 
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I am a single mom of four children. Three of my children have life threatening disabilities. Because I have to care for them, and can only work a few hours a week due to their sever medical needs, we are always broke. However, we love doing outdoor activities together. The issue is, we rarely have gas to go to any of the wheelchair accessible hikes we would like to go to. For me, it would probably be gas cards, or a gift card to a local thrift store where I could buy my girls some shoes that fit them, or maybe a box of pull-ups and wipes.
 

Jewel5712

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Ok..so had small group again last night..talked with her mote..her kids are 24 n 16 that live at home..she also runs a non profit online christian mentoring thing for abused woman amd has a degree in psychology..also from new mexico origimally..small town n loves nature...
 
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Ok..so had small group again last night..talked with her mote..her kids are 24 n 16 that live at home..she also runs a non profit online christian mentoring thing for abused woman amd has a degree in psychology..also from new mexico origimally..small town n loves nature...
So it sounds like babysitting might not be the best gift... :sneaky:
 

Jewel5712

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So it sounds like babysitting might not be the best gift... :sneaky:
Lol..no..plus...with her psychology degree..she probably makes more income than i do..lol..oh well..im still thinking bout it cause i shouldnt assume ..lol
 

Oncefallen

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Ok..so had small group again last night..talked with her mote..her kids are 24 n 16 that live at home..she also runs a non profit online christian mentoring thing for abused woman amd has a degree in psychology..also from new mexico origimally..small town n loves nature...
Lol..no..plus...with her psychology degree..she probably makes more income than i do..lol..oh well..im still thinking bout it cause i shouldnt assume ..lol
I hate to tell you but if she's running an online non-profit she ain't makin squat regardless of her degree and on top of that, most mental health professionals don't make all that much unless they've got high income clients.
 
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I hate to tell you but if she's running an online non-profit she ain't makin squat regardless of her degree and on top of that, most mental health professionals don't make all that much unless they've got high income clients.
I don't know how true that is, but I used to date a woman who was getting her masters in psychology and it just doesn't make sense to me why someone would rack up at least $100k+ (probably closer to $200k) in student loans and attend 4 years of graduate school on top of a 4 year college degree (8 years total) to get their masters or PhD in order to become a licensed psychologist and then go out and barely make any money. That doesn't make any sense to me at all.
 

Oncefallen

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I don't know how true that is, but I used to date a woman who was getting her masters in psychology and it just doesn't make sense to me why someone would rack up at least $100k+ (probably closer to $200k) in student loans and attend 4 years of graduate school on top of a 4 year college degree (8 years total) to get their masters or PhD in order to become a licensed psychologist and then go out and barely make any money. That doesn't make any sense to me at all.
Most mental health professionals don't go all the way and get their PhD. Here in Colorado a licensed counselor only is required to have a Masters in psychology in order to practice and most of them ain't gettin rich.
 

calibob

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Most mental health professionals don't go all the way and get their PhD. Here in Colorado a licensed counselor only is required to have a Masters in psychology in order to practice and most of them ain't gettin rich.
Because it's a calling. It's more realistic than astronomy and some start for personal reasons like trying to figure out what's wrong with themselves or a loved one but become fascinated with it and continue. Or get hooked on student grants and loans and become professional students, as long as the money keeps rolling in.
 

dave_in_KWC

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As some of you know.i was a single mom to 4 kids most of my adult life..for years I've had single parents /unwed mother's on my heart for years..if I had the resources I would open a home for them..however..there's a woman in my small group at church that's a single mom to 3 kids..I can relate and I really want to do something special for her /them but it can't cost much..anyone seen the movie MOMS NITE OUT ..came to mind..lol..I don't know details bout the lady so I'm putting it out here on CC..help?
May I offer you some inspirational reading? Try the biography of George Mueller! Maybe God would have you to be a modern day Mueller to the single mother! Read! Pray! Dream in Him!
 

dave_in_KWC

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Most mental health professionals don't go all the way and get their PhD. Here in Colorado a licensed counselor only is required to have a Masters in psychology in order to practice and most of them ain't gettin rich.
I've been a Clinical Registered Master of Social Work (MSW, RSW) in private practice since 1987 (p/t) & 1999 (f/t). I am also an ordained pastoral counsellor and would be glad to to address the veracity of the "speculations" in this thread on professional mental health clinicians!

Salaries vary widely based on training experience and type of service and clientele
 

Jewel5712

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May I offer you some inspirational reading? Try the biography of George Mueller! Maybe God would have you to be a modern day Mueller to the single mother! Read! Pray! Dream in Him!
Amen..ill check it out! Thanks!
 

calibob

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Rather than piggybacking on what was most recently said, I'll start with the original question at hand. What would make my days and heart a lot happier would be free college for all who can pass the entrance exam for all citizens. No more minority grants to be sucked up by the institutions of higher learning. Just a decent education that doesn't depend on social, racial, geographic or other qualifiers to all citizens who can pass and more so free help to those who need their education to get beefed up a little to pass like math or English. A 12th grade education was a great leg up in the days of black and white TVs and Ozzie & Harriet but now days It's worth very little.