SPAOA - Single Parents Association Of America

5 Ways to Teach Your Kids Manners

1. When it comes to knocking on doors; Kids like to go crazy when they want someone to open the door as in knocking on the door over and over again or ringing the door bell continuously. Teach your child to ring/knock once and step back.

2. Acknowledging Adults; Many kids don't acknowledge adults they've met. Teach your child the correct way to introduce themselves and how to tell someone properly.

3. Eating/Getting Food Without Permission; Sometimes kids will walk into someone kitchens and look through there pantry or refrigerator teach them how to wait until they get offered.

4. Offering your help; Offering people if they need help with something is really kind. Always ask people if they need help no matter what it is.

5."Thank You"; Every time someone tells you something nice or just anything in general to say thank you properly say it. Reminds them that your thankful for that.


Adopting as a Single Parent

Parenting is not easy! Being a parent to an adopted child can be even more difficult, given the extra financial burden, and the entire process of adoption. Providing a home for any child in need is a beautiful thing, and it is important to keep an open mind. When adopting as a single parent, it is crucial to consider a few things. Do you have a good support system and people in your life that will be by your side through this process? Will you be financially prepared? Have you thought about certain factors such as race, age, and special needs? Being a single parent can be an extra burden to think about.

Children that are adopted are bound to start asking questions at some point in their life, and it is important to be comfortable with discussing these types of issues with your adopted child. As long as you are loving and supportive as any parent should be, your adopted child will be able to resolve any feelings or issues they may be having.

When you have decided you would like to adopt a child, these are some steps you can take:

  • Make sure to be educated about the process
  • Let family members know
  • Decide what sort of adoption
  • Expenses
  • Select agency/Agency application
  • Find a child who is a match
  • Final steps of adoption

Both parties in the adoption process can have a wonderful and rewarding experience. Adoption can be complicated, but if it is what your heart desires, it is possible!

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Hidden Veggies in Mac & Cheese!


2 medium carrots

2 yams

12 ounces of macaroni

1 ½ cups of shredded American cheese

1 cup shredded of sharp yellow cheddar cheese


2 tablespoons of unsalted butter


1. Prep the macaroni, boil in a pot of water until soft. When the macaroni is boiled and cooked, strain the water out of the pot. Keep macaroni in a bowl on the side.

2. Cut the carrots in half if necessary, peel the yams and cut in half if necessary. Boil the carrots and yams in a large pot of salted water for about 10-12 minutes until tender. Transfer to blender afterwards.

3. Add butter to the macaroni and put to a medium heat. Add the American cheese once you see the butter melting.

4. Once the butter is half way melted, this including the first batch of cheese, add the blended carrots and yam sauce in the pot. Stir for about 5 minutes till thickened.

5. Add water to the mixture and the sharp yellow cheese. Stir until cheese is melted.

Ready to serve, and your kids won’t notice the veggies inside!

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Tips on how to prevent your kids from getting sick

It is better to prevent your children from getting sick instead of dealing with doctor visits, you’re kids missing school, etc. Always take precaution! Below are some tips on how to prevent germs from spreading.

Keep Hands Clean

  • Hand washing is one of the most crucial ways to prevent an illness. A proper hand wash gets rids of the bacteria and dirt on your hands. Get your kids in a habit of washing their hands at a young age. It is recommended to scrub from 15-20 seconds with warm water and antibacterial soap.

Be Active

  • Studies have shown that moderate exercise can reduce colds and flus because of boosting of the circulation of infection-fighting cells. Being active is not only good to prevent getting sick but also for your health.


  • Make sure kids stick to an early bedtime. Sleep deprivation nearly doubles the risk of getting a cold or flu. Researchers believe too little sleep can affect growth and your immune system which keeps you from getting sick.

Get the Flu Vaccine

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state it’s the single best way to prevent the flu.

Eating Healthy

  • The immune system is the organism that protects against disease. To boost your children’s immune system have their diet consist of food rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin D. Having a healthy diet is essential in a child’s life.

Childrens Privacy

Throughout your child's childhood you learn almost everything about them. As they grow up they want to have some privacy and you should respect what they are asking for.

Accepting what your child asks for-

-It's a good thing to encourage your child to be modest. It is important to have you create boundaries with their body.

-Never tease your child while they're changing, such as “I used to change your diaper." Don't get annoyed when they slam the door after you’ve said that. If you do this a lot, your child will not like to undress in front of people, including you.

Don't take privacy for granted-

-Sometimes your child must put their safety before anything. Once in a while you must go into the bathroom while they are using it to give them something they need or to look at something on their body. Once in a while, you have to step in. Hopefully, they will be comfortable if this were to happen and they don’t have an issue about it.

Great topics to bring up-

-Your child goes through awkward stages while growing up. Always discuss about good hygiene, good dressing skills, all shapes and sizes of bodies are beautiful, and it’s important to love your own body.

Covering up-

-Everyone has those moments when they walk around in their underwear. Well, it is time to start to covering up around your children!

-Children around seven years of age and older will begin to get embarrassed by this. They soon will begin laughing at you or avoid you.

Please knock before coming in-

-Getting a sign for you children's room may be a good idea, such as "please knock" or "do not disturb".

-Getting a bath robe is also a good idea. While walking to the room after a shower, your towel may fall. Using a bathrobe is more secure.

-Everyone has prized possessions. Getting your child a little private box would be a good thing to do to show them they have privacy.

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Single Parent Dilemma Solutions

Single parents have a lot on their plate! Here are some solutions to common dilemmas that single parents face.

Doing It All

It can be rough being a single parent and doing it all on your own without going crazy! When you come across an issue, your best options are to learn how to do it yourself, ask for help, or pay for it. If a certain task is beyond your skill level, you can always reach out to a family member or friend, or even check listings online for help.


Try not to stress! Being the sole breadwinner can be a great chance to teach your child valuable lessons. In the long run, children shouldn't care greatly about material possessions, and should be happy when their parents are happy!


Work, hobbies, errands! It seems overwhelming at times. Focus on finding certain points of time that you can spend with your child, perhaps playing board games or other non-electronic activities.

Feeling Guilty

At times, you may feel guilt for not making it work with the other parent, or not spending enough time with your child. It's important to deal with guilt in the appropriate way, not trying to 'buy them off' or fix the problem temporarily. Being the most loving parent you can be is the best option!

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National Autism Awareness Month!


The meaning of the puzzle pattern on the ribbon represents the obstacles of the condition. “HOPE”- is the main concept behind the design and colors of the ribbon. For those with the condition and the family members having a loved one with the condition, to not feel alone.

From the non-profit Autism Speaks organization article states that one in every 68 children are diagnosed with autism. They also point out that boys are almost five times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls. Only one in every  189 girls are recognized to have autism.

One of the main myths of what causes autism involves vaccines. The non-profit Autism Speaks organization clearly informs parents to get their children vaccinated because research has shown vaccines do not interrupt the genes of the child to cause autism.

There is still no cure for autism, but a lot of research is still being carried on. Down below is a video of Wendy Chung director of Clinical Research at the Simons Foundation Autism Research, explaining more about autism and the steps being taken to achieve the goal to find a cure.

Wendy Chung Speech

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How to keep peace when kids share a room

Would you ever consider having your children share the same room? At times we think that would just cause more chaos and fighting between one another but sometimes you really have no choice. Many parents are unaware that a lot of young children actually prefer to share a room with their sibling just for the sense of comfort and being together. That doesn’t mean it’s always going to be smooth sailing along the way. Below are common issues children face when sharing a room.


One of the reason’s children become resentful is because they are forced to go to sleep at the same time as their younger sibling. If you’re children are at different ages, you shouldn’t imply the same bedtime for both. The older children should be allowed to go to bed when it’s developmentally appropriate. If that’s your case, you should change their bedtimes.


As a parent we know our children don’t always like to share their toys/belongings. Teach them the importance of asking permission to one another and how to share. If not obeyed, set rules and consequences.


It’s important that each child has their own personal space when sharing rooms. You can avoid confrontations by them having their own bed, or own separate dressers. If one has a different liking than the other, don’t have the same bed sheets. This stops them from portraying their own style and individuality.

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Helpful Communication Tips for Parents

Make Time for Your Children

  • Learn your child's interests, hobbies and music they enjoy.
  • Find time during the day/week to have one on one time with each child.
  • Reassure your child you care for them and love them!

Let Your Child Know You Hear Them Out

  • If your child ever has an issue or concern, drop what you're doing to hear them out.
  • Listen to what they are telling you or when they are expressing their feelings.
  • Make sure you ask questions to assure them you heard what they said.

Speak In a Way Your Child Will Listen

  • Speak in a soft/serious voice. Kids often don't listen to you if you’re angry.
  • Try not to argue with your child.
  • Focus on what your child is feeling.
  • Don't lecture your child or criticize them on what they say.

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Being A Fantastic Parent

Every parent wants their child to be happy and healthy! Here are some tips that are sure to have a positive effect on you and your child.

Set Boundaries

Creating limits will allow your child to explore the world safely.

Don't Hold Them Back

Allow your child to do things on their own in order to gain independence, it will be good for their self-esteem.

Create Quality Time

Make memories that your child will be able to look back on later in their life. Whether it is reading books or having a game night together, these warm moments will stick with them forever.

Be A Role Model

Set a good example for your child. Practice positive behavior in front of them, like always telling the truth, and apologizing when you are in the wrong.

Teach Social Skills

Let your child talk things out with you when they are upset, ask them questions, and teach them to be confident.

Show Them How To Be Grateful

Teaching your child to be responsible and respect values is very important.

Savor Precious Moments

Always say "I love you" when you feel it, and remember how quickly your child will grow up. Treasure every moment.

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