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C.U.S.P. Newsletter, informative news and notes for Single Parents.
C.U.S.P. (Commited to Uplifting Single Parents)

C.U.S.P. Newsletter

Our Mission: It is our mission to empower and assist single parents with the difficult challenges of parenthood through a range of financial and social services which will allow them to provide safe and loving homes for their children. 

About Us: C.U.S.P. (Committed to Uplifting Single Parents) a  501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing connections to resources, social services and wealth building programs for single-parent families in the Los Angeles area and its surrounding communities.  

                                  
Since we are well into January, many of us start the year with good intentions for better health practices, better saving strategies or being the best parent we can be. C.U.S.P. is here to encourage you and help provide you with some great tips and articles this year. Stay tuned!
 
  


    The $5 Savings Challenge

The rule is EVERY $5 bill that comes into your possession, goes into a jar and you can never count the cash. YES, it's that simple… Try it until Christmas, you'll have extra cash for gifts. 
 

 

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10 Ways to Reduce Single-Parent Stress

By Laura Broadwell

One of every four American children today lives in a single-parent home. And though the circumstances may vary (some parents are divorced, others are widowed, and others are single parents by choice), the reality is that solo parenting is often stressful, demanding, and hectic. If you are a single mom or dad, there are 10 things you can do to help minimize the stress in your life -- and bring back the joy of parenting.           

Get a handle on finances: Raising a family on one income, or relying on an ex-spouse for child support, can be one of the hardest aspects of parenting alone. That's why it's important to take steps to budget your money, learn about long-term investments, plan for college and retirement, and, if possible, enhance your earning power by going back to school or getting additional job training.

Set up a support system: All single parents need help -- whether it's someone to watch the kids while you run out to do errands or simply someone to talk to when you feel overwhelmed. While it's tempting to try to handle everything alone, ask friends and family members for help. You could join a single-parent support group, or, if finances allow, hire a trusted sitter to help out with the kids or someone to assist with housework. Read More 

 

Your Single Parenting Dilemmas, Solved

 
By Kate Bayless
 
Single parents wear lots of different hats: chef and chauffeur, breadwinner and bread buyer. Balancing the responsibilities of single parenting can lead to unique challenges. Never fear! We've gathered your most common single-parenting dilemmas and brought them to our panel of experts. Read on to find real-world solutions to your most pressing problems.

Time

Dilemma: I work full-time and spend my non-working hours running kids to and from practices and games and trying to fit in basic errands. I feel like I never get quality time just to hang out with my kids!

Solution: "Focus on quality over quantity, says Kate Roberts, Ph.D., licensed psychologist and family therapist in the Boston area. "Choose two to three points of time during the day to connect with your kids such as at breakfast, dinner, and tuck-in." You don't need to play dolls or kick the soccer ball around for an hour. Shorter activities, such as playing a card game or coloring a picture, can take just a few minutes of your time while building a bond with your child. Seth Meyers, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, recommends designating family time each week. "Have your kids help give the time a name like Fun Club," Dr. Meyers says. Choose non-electronic activities (no cell phones-this means you too!) and instead do something around the neighborhood. "The point is to talk, connect, and make lots of good eye contact," Dr. Meyers says. Read More

 

The Single Mom's Survival Guide

 

If you're splitting up, you need to help your kids (and yourself) make it through the rough stuff.

by Meagan Francis and Ilisa Cohen


Life After Divorce

When my sons, Jacob and Isaac, were just 3 and 1, my husband and I separated. As a child of a divorce, I'd always sworn that I'd never put my kids through that -- yet as it turned out, living paycheck to paycheck and trying to do our own growing up while raising a family proved to be too great a strain on our marriage: It bent, cracked, and finally broke.

I flew through the first couple of months after our separation in an adrenaline-powered blur. But things like finding a place to live and paying for it all by myself, taking care of almost all the day-to-day parenting of two small children, and trying to find a job when I'd been out of the workforce since college terrified me. I felt like a flake -- not a strong, capable mother who was going teach her children to succeed despite the obstacles ahead.


Single Moms Need a Tribe

When I was married, we were just like all the other families: our own tiny self-sufficient universe. Even if my husband and I didn't get along, we were both still deeply invested in the minutiae of running our family. Then one day, my best friend and co-parent was gone from my life. Though I had always paid lip service to the "It takes a village" idea, it turned out that, while there might have been some "village" people out there, we had been too wrapped up in our own lives to get to know them.

It really hit me one Friday night. I was driving through a bad snowstorm with my little boys. What if our car skidded off the road into a ditch? Would anyone notice? Okay, that was an exaggeration -- but it's how it felt at the time, and it prompted me into action. I decided to check in every night with another single mom. Then I made a conscious effort to invite friends over for dinner, ask a neighbor to help me move my couch, and chat with the other moms at drop-off. Slowly, my sense that I had a contagious disease lifted, and I found myself expanding my definition of what makes a family. "It's crucial to explain to children that family is defined by people who love us and whom we feel really close to," says M. Gary Neuman, Parents advisor and author of Helping Your Child Cope with Divorce the Sandcastles Way. Read More
 

      
 

 


In accordance with our mission to provide you with the best in support services, we are very excited to tell you that C.U.S.P. has partnered with Apprisen.


, a professional provider of financial counseling who has serviced families all across the United States for nearly 60 years. Apprisen's mission is to help people improve their financial well-being through counseling, community outreach, and financial education.
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C.U.S.P. continues to strive to connect you with resources that allow you to live YOUR BEST LIFE! We are happy to have these partnerships and look forward to your success. 



 

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Inner City Youth Empowerment (ICYE): A youth empowerment initiative of C.U.S.P. Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, CA. ICYE utilizes a variety of strategies to engage youth and young adults ages 12-25. ICYE will provide classes, seminars, conference, and collaborate with other community organizations on programs and events. We will also share tools, tips, and resources.

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