Meet Jaimie: Our Single Parenting Contributor

The following is by contributor Jaimie of Two Chicks and a Hen.

Two years ago, when I was a relatively new stay-at-home mom, I googled “stay at home mom routines.”  I had been working outside of the home since high school. For the first time, upon the birth of my second daughter, my work took place inside the home, and I needed some help adjusting and getting organized. It was at this time that I found Simple Mom, and I found Tsh’s advice really helpful.  I started reading other mom blogs and really identified with a lot of what I was reading.

Fast forward to September 2009: I became a single mom.  I still needed and valued the ideas and inspiration the parenting blogs offered, but it was at this time, and not a moment sooner, that I started to notice something: the vast majority of the parenting media is aimed at married mothers and two-parent households. And this is fine if you live in a two-parent household.  Advice and ideas for those homes is valuable and necessary.

But what about the rest of us?

Solutions like “to encourage night-weaning, send your husband in when your toddler wakes” are only helpful when there is another parent in the home.  And after awhile, you either learn to tune this out, or you start to feel alienated.  If you’re a single mom reading this, what I’m telling you right now is not news.  You’ve no doubt read lots and lots of suggestions that you under no circumstances could actually use.
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Let’s Talk: Homemade Holiday Progress

The following is by editor Kara Fleck.

About a month ago, I shared with you guys some of my plans for homemade holidays gifts and what I hoped to get accomplished this year.  I said I would check in with all of you and we could compare notes on our progress.

So, how are things going?

I didn’t finish everything on my list before my self-imposed deadline of the first week of December.  But, that is okay, I knew that I wouldn’t.   Anything that isn’t finished, I have set aside for now (perhaps to pick up again for Valentines day or the Easter baskets?)

Over the years, I have learned that is it better for me and my temperament to set things aside if they aren’t finished by the first week or two of December.  This allows me to focus on the joy of the holiday season and not end up stressing out over projects and to-do lists.

While I didn’t get everything finished on my gift list, I did get quite a few things finished, in part because I shared the responsibility.  My family helped me to create and make gifts and it is true what they say about many hands making light work.

Under our tree this year are handknit sweaters and hats, dolls, peg people, playsilks, wooden blocks, magic wands, felt covered barrettes, bean bags, and some story stones.  And Jillian has been hard at work behind closed doors on a super-secret project yet to be revealed.

What fun!

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Weekend Links

And don’t forget that you  can still enter to win Rae Grant’s books until midnight EST tonight!

    Cristina Ashley Designs Gift Certificate Giveaway

    Welcome to a Simple Kids weekend giveaway!  This weekend, our giveaway comes from Cristina Ashley Designs.

    This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

    Cristina’s shop offers personalized necklaces, designer necklaces, bracelets, and more. My favorite are the charm bracelets and the small word leather cuffs.  The “Joys of My Heart” necklaces that you can customize with your kids’ initials are pretty sweet, too.

    Cristina is offering Simple Kids readers a discount code to use when shopping that is good for 10% off.  The discount code is simple10.

    One lucky Simple Kids reader is going to win a $100 gift certificate to her shop.

    To Enter

    To enter, simply leave a comment on today’s post.

    This giveaway will end Saturday, December 11th, 2010 at midnight EST.  Good luck! This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

    Rae Grant Interview and Books Giveaway

    Author Rae Grant is one of the writers I feel lucky to work with as part of the wonderful team of contributors who volunteer their time here at Simple Kids.

    This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

    Rae Grant also happens to be one of my nine year old daughter Jillian’s favorite authors.  We own her books Cooking Fun, Crafting Fun, and Homemade Fun and all three get lots of use at the Fleck house.  Rae’s buttermilk pancakes are a Sunday morning tradition and Jillian is currently going through a paper crafting phase, decorating our house for Christmas.  These books don’t spend much time on the bookshelf, to be sure!

    I have two treats for you today.  The first is the interview Rae graciously gave to Jillian.  The second is that Rae is generously giving one Simple Kids reader a chance to win all three of her books!

    Enjoy!

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