With being a single parent for the last ten years I have learned a few things I might never have learned if I was still married. 1 - I learned that even though life has moved on from the Victorian era, some people's views haven't moved with it. Negatively and prejudices against single mums is still out there. 2 - I learned that I am a lot stronger than I ever thought I was. 3 ... Read More about 10 Things I have learned being a Single Mum
When I was young I was brought up fairly strictly. There wasn't any room for manoeuvre. My parents spoke, I listened. They asked me to do something, I did it instantly. If on the rare occasions I didn't, there was punishment. There wasn't though any of the 'sending to my room stuff'. At the time I didn't notice, it was only when my children came along and started testing my patience that I had to ... Read More about To Send or Not to Send a Child to Their Room
Donna, quite fittingly, finishes her run of articles at eHarmony with the subject of commitment. The main goal at the end of dating. With our last few weeks of following Donna on her dating articles and my pennies worth of info, I thought I would round up some of what we have learned and a few other tips. We busted is the often preconceived idea that dating online is for losers. It ... Read More about Tips On Dating Online
One of the good things about twitter is the amount of fabulous people you get to meet. One of them being the slightly mad Nickie from Typecast. She very kindly tagged me in a meme. I think that's the correct name for one of these things and no I don't have a clue what it means. All I know is that I answer the questions and then get to tag some other people to do the same. ... Read More about Q&A About Me
This week Donna is talking about two things, what we want in a date and the very fragile subject of financial differences. Of course we want someone who is well mannered, cooking skills and house trained. We wouldn't ask for someone who can't cook, doesn't know what a saucepan is and wears the same pair of socks for 7 days. Keep in mind that we all perceive things differently. eHarmony is the ... Read More about Latest Post from Donna
The government are making cuts to a several key grants and other welfare entitlements for new parents. Including Health in Pregnancy Grant Sure Start Maternity Grant Baby element of Child Tax Credits Toddler element of Child Tax Credit Child Trust Fund For some this can be a worth up to £1735 over a pregnancy and the child's first year. These loses aren't being offset by other ... Read More about Benefit Changes that will affect New Parents
The emergency budget on 22 June set out several substantial changes to the tax credit system. Some are straightforward; others less so. Below, are those changes coming in from April 2011 under the following headings, explaining what each means and who might be affected: Increases in rates and thresholds Withdrawal rates Family element withdrawal rate The baby element Older ... Read More about Tax Credit Changes from April 2011
With Mothers Day tomorrow I thought I would tell you about my mum. If you saw her in the street you wouldn't think there was anything brave or remarkable about her. She is like any other 70+ year old with her odd fashion sense and walking stick to help her walk. She is reasonably fit and healthy for her age as long as you don't ask her to stand too long or walk too far. But there is something ... Read More about My Brave Mum
Donna is dishing out some useful tips on dating as a single parent in her post this week. I completely agree with her tips and wish I had them when I was first on the dating scene as a single parent. You can read her post Parental Guidance over at eHarmony. I was going to write my tips for dating as a single mum, instead I here is an example of 'what not to do' with one of my very early dating ... Read More about What Not To Do On a Date
Donna this week is talking about her fourth date with Mr Nice and eating peas. Trust me there is a connection in there and she is talking sense, rather good sense actually. ... Read More about Would You Date Mr Nice?
Since I posted up about Donna and her online dating with eHarmony and my experience of online dating, I have had an email asking if there really are 'real blokes' on the dating sites and aren't they all after one thing. This sadly is sometimes the portrayal of finding love on the internet but it's not necessarily so. First off it would depend on which sites you use. You're much more likely to ... Read More about Are there really Real Men on dating sites?
So what does Donna tell us about first? In her first post, Donna talks ages. Donna is early 30's (and no I am not at all jealous of her. Those who are not regular readers, I was dragged kicking and screaming into my 40's a few weeks ago and didn't shut up winging about it) so dating someone who is 10 years younger and another who is a lot older is quiet a swing on the age pendulum. I don't want to ... Read More about Donna’s First Post at eHarmony