The Best Things In Life Are Free

Well that’s not true, I hear you say – here I am, a single mum, struggling to pay the bills and here you are preaching all that idealistic stuff at me! You have a good point and in my book, I’ve written a whole chapter about finances and how to keep your head above water.

So, to plead my case, here are some wonderful things that are absolutely free : watching your children paddling by the water’s edge or building a sandcastle on a sunny day, or letting them stay up late on bonfire night so they can watch the fireworks with you from the upstairs window. Dancing around the sitting room with two freshly-bathed and excitable children until you are all laughing and they’ve burnt off enough energy to go to sleep. Reading a bedtime story and tucking them up in bed, sleepy and cuddly and adorable. The feeling when your child climbs onto your lap just for a snuggle. Seeing the look on your child’s face as he blows out the candles on his birthday cake – or comes excitedly dashing into your room, ready to open his Christmas stocking. Squidgy little baby feet – or hands. Your baby’s fist tightly curled around your finger. Watching your baby get the giggles for no apparent reason and finding it so infectious that you are soon laughing along too. Seeing your child all dressed up in his school uniform, ready for his first day at school. Need I go on? All those precious moments, and as their mum, you can treasure them all.

My book, “THE SINGLE MUM’S SURVIVAL GUIDE – How To Pick Up The Pieces and Build a Happy New Life” is available to order on Amazon. Visit my website:


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