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Raising Kids on a Shoestring

Posted by on August 5, 2010

A holistic national guide filled with free and frugal resources, smart and creative solutions, and practical support that pregnant women, expectant fathers, and parents deserve.

Given the current state of the economy in this country, this resource for supporting a family on a shoestring budget may be especially helpful.

In 1994, Feminists for Life created the first comprehensive directory of local resources for pregnant women in the Washington DC metro area.

And in the fall of 2001, FFL published an issue of The American Feminist® entitled, “Raising Kids Cheap,” which was inspired by FFL member Lynn Scholle Richardson’s book, “Raising Kids Cheap in Greater Cleveland.” It provided inexpensive and creative ideas and crucial information for parents in need of practical support.

This issue of The American Feminist,® “Raising Kids on a Shoestring,” builds on—and goes beyond—these earlier resources. It has many new features to direct pregnant women, parents and caregivers toward free and frugal solutions.

This comprehensive national guide to resources can help you envision yourself succeeding at every challenge. It can guide you and those you love toward practical ideas and support. And it can inspire each of us to do “more and better” for others.

When a woman, a family, or a nation faces economic hardship, there are two things we know: We are innately capable of overcoming challenges. And we are here for each other.

This issue, “Raising Kids on a Shoestring,” is dedicated to every woman, every teen who is pregnant. You are not alone.
This is for struggling families. There are solutions.

And this is for caregivers and helpers of all kinds—extended family and friends, co-workers and roommates, social workers and advocates, community leaders and supporters. We recognize the enormous work of putting love into action by helping women and families in need. You don’t do it for thanks. But we thank you just the same. FFL wants to make “Raising Kids on a Shoestring” available to all who need it. We hope it gives you ideas and inspiration—and that you’ll spread the word.

Because women deserve better,

Serrin M. Foster
Feminists for Life

I’m not posting this to start an argument about abortion. There are better times and places for that. If you insist on leaving nasty comments, at least read “Pro-Woman Answers to Pro-Choice Questions”, and consider reading some of the articles at Libertarians for Life. Bear in mind that this is my blog and I reserve the right to edit or screen comments as I see fit. That’s not censorship or contrary to the First Amendment; it’s exercise of my property rights.

The purpose of this post is to offer hope and help to those who need it. Comments directed toward highlighting resources for families in need, particularly in cases of troubled pregnancies, are preferred and encouraged.