Know that YOU are uniquely and wonderfully made!

When I was a single mom I thrived on my relationship with girlfriends. We had a group of 10 (all single moms) and we created a barter network as well as Claim a Kid day.

Each of us had talents and we would use those strengths to barter. For example, I hate to cook. Just the sight of raw meat makes me want to throw up, however I'm really good at fixing things and using power tools. My friend, Joann, loved to cook and she was (still is) fantastic at it.

I would help Joann around the house with minor repairs in exchange for a home-cooked meal. My kids loved it!

We bartered like this throughout our group. We also started "Claim a Kid Day", wherein we would take turns watching each others kids for up to 3 hours at a time. This worked great for grocery shopping, going to doctor's appointments, or just taking a quiet bubble bath.

Single mom, you matter! You are talented! You are powerful! You are courageous! You were created by design!

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Kelli ClaypoolColumbia, Kentucky
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    10/23/13
    That sounds lovely. Go you, empowered mama! The epitome of 'Be the change!' Hooray for women like you being out there, coming up with great stuff like this.
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    10/23/13
    Kelli Claypool
    I love that..."be the change"! xoxoxo
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    10/23/13
    Kelli Claypool
    Oh yes, 10 minutes of freedom works too and is heavenly at times.
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      10/24/13
      8Theresa Gould
      What a wonderful idea and how fortunate you were to have such a group. I am sure many other single moms could benefit from this idea. Not just single moms either, it could work for any mom situation.
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      Kelli Claypool
      Thank you, Theresa. I speak at many women's conferences across the US and share The Barter Club and Claim a Kid programs. The feedback I get is amazing. It's exciting to see women coming together and helping each other. You're right, it's not just for single moms...though they benefit from the programs the most because strong friendships are developed.
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      07/22/14
      8Theresa Gould
      Kelli Claypool, have you been traveling much this summer?
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      Born: Dunedin, Florida
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      Proud mom of 3 talented kids, married to my dream man, and living our ultimate lifestyle. We have a 30-farm in the gorgeous Kentucky mountains. We have a pot-bellied pig, 60+ pet chickens, 2 dog, and 2 grand-dogs. Founder of DivaTalkRadio.com
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