When you live life as a single mother, virtually everything is more dangerous. Single women are among the strongest, most resilient individuals on the planet, but they are still going to find themselves as targets to certain individuals. Single mothers also have to constantly think of their child’s safety. When a partner is not in the picture, there are simply more responsibilities to consider. Here are five ways to minimize that danger and keep yourself safe as a single mother:
Have a buddy who knows where you are
Never leave home or go anywhere unless someone knows where you are headed. This is vital to a single mother’s safety if only because it guarantees that somebody is capable of tracing your steps if something were to happen. This is good advice for anyone, but it is particularly true of someone that lives alone without another adult in the home.
Keep a cell phone on you at all times
These days it is virtually a given to have a cell phone, but it would not hurt to have an emergency phone in several places. All cell phones are capable of dialing 911, even if they are not currently hooked up to a service plan. Put one in the car, the home and carry one on you. They are super cheap when you don’t have to pay for a service.
Use roadside assistance services
If you use roadside assistance, you can always feel safe that someone can come to the rescue when you have car trouble. Odds are certainly high that you will experience that at least once in your life. Having someone right there to help is vital to safety in this day in age.
Consider getting a dog… or an alarm
Dogs are absolutely wonderful for a number of reasons. For one thing, they will deter a number of burglars that will move on to the next home simply because it is easier. Another key reason is because the dog will often alert the homeowner before the burglar gets in. Alarm systems are effective as well for single moms.
Sign up for self defense classes
Some say that self defense classes are useless, but I can’t imagine a woman or man learning to defend themselves as being useless. Knowing what to do and more importantly, what not to do, can literally save your life. Single moms are no exception.
There is no way to make anyone perfectly safe at all times, but these are some solid strategies to ensure basic safety.