I’m the mom of two beautiful boys(5 and 14). I support and provide for them without any financial help from their fathers. Although they both see and spend time with their dads, the men do not contribute financially to my household. I choose to stand on my own feet as much as possible. I feel that child support is unnecessarily punitive, usually to fathers, and having my son’s fathers financially beholden to me does not serve the purpose of bettering my children’s lives. I do work, part time, as a care-giver. It’s a job that I’m passionate about and allows me to have the flexibility in my schedule that I feel my children need. My career field does not pay very well. So, I struggle. I fight to keep the bills paid, usually paying whichever is closest to being shut off any particular month. I float short-term loans from family members so I can make the rent(which is more than half of what I earn each month). I take extra shifts when my kids are with their dads. I do whatever I can to keep things covered but, it gets so frustrating and disheartening sometimes. I have zero financial security. I can’t save anything when I’m running in the red, every month. I’m sure my story isn’t unique or even very compelling but, I feel like, it can’t hurt to ask. It wouldn’t take much to give me a little piece of mind and security. I had a little savings at the beginning of the year, about $1000, then the brakes went out on my 10 year olds van(which I need for work) so, that’s where that went. I’d love to be able to say, if something comes up(car breakdown, vet bills, unexpected needs), that I could have a plan for that. Or be able to give my boys something besides Toys for Tots for Christmas, or get an oil change and decent snow tires on the old steed, before winter hits. Or fill my oil tank at the house(which costs $750) so we don’t have to use space heaters again this winter. So, in conclusion, thanks for reading and if you feel compelled to help, it would be most appreciated!