Category Gail Cawley Showalter

Empty Bowls-Recognizing World Food Day

Today, October 16, 2017, is World Food Day. Single mothers, however, think about food every day. At least one-third of the single mothers and their children in the United States live in poverty. 

When Is a Personal Storm a Gift?

Makes me wonder how we so often think we have everything under our control. Then the storm hits. And we realize Mother Nature is laughing at us. Or life has other plans.

Graduate holding books

1 Way Single Moms Can Be Empowered

Single mothers, on the other hand, need a marketable skill.

A Thought on Rest from a Seasoned Mama Bird

Do you have to be made to rest? Or do you have to become ill before you will rest?

Amy Williams headshot

Are You Content?

Contentment is a mental or emotional state of satisfaction maybe drawn from being at ease in one’s situation, body and mind. It could be a state of having accepted one’s situation and is a milder and more tentative form of happiness.

A Thought on Morality from a Seasoned Mama Bird

Things have changed and I’m not just an old bird saying that because I’ve not kept up with the times. I can honestly say that things have changed in our schools since the time when I taught in them.

Female graduate in blue cap and gown holding chalkboard that says, I made it!

How to Go to College as a Single Mom

Face it, education opens doors, especially for women and even more especially for single mothers. I went back to college as a single mom to increase my earning potential as an educator. You may just need to earn a certificate for a job skill so that you can provide for yourself and your children.

Young woman deep in thought

A Thought on Guilt and Regret from a Seasoned Mama Bird

Guilt and regret are loaded thoughts that do not move your life forward. It is easy to swell on the past and wish circumstances had been different. Unless you owe someone an apology, what’s the point?

Hands clasped in prayer

A Thought on Prayer from a Seasoned Mama Bird

Most of us pray but in varied ways. How do you pray? What is prayer to you?

Mom and son in grass

A Thought about Fun from a Seasoned Mama Bird

Enjoy some time that your child will remember for years to come. It’s a fact we remember times better when we had fun. If you are, like I was, a serious mom or not too good at making time for fun you may need to make a plan. I guarantee it will be worth your effort.