As a single mom, money was tight. I acknowledged all holidays and birthdays but I never gave my kids gifts outside of those special occasions. Don’t be a cash cow, unless you are! Kids need to understand that you are doing the best you can with what you have. Don’t hide the fact that money is tight, but don’t make it an issue by bringing it up every chance you get. I was raised by a single mother. We lived in the projects in Newark, NJ. I didn’t know we were poor until we moved out of the projects when I was 12. I remember taking a toy from a little girl, she started crying and told my mother. After my mother made me give it back, she started crying and she said, “What else can I do, I try to give you everything you want.” I needed to hear that.
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