Whether you start out from day one as a single mom or due to divorce, death, or a breakup become a single mother overnight, many of us initially think solely about survival. Those basic needs like safety, food, and shelter are the ones we focus on because we don't have a choice. And even if paying the bills is still a challenge after quite some time, this doesn't mean that as a single mom you should continue to keep your eyes on just surviving. It's time to think about thriving. About having a full and happy life despite the circumstances you're in, because if you're not happy, chances are your kids won't be either. If the ship has sunk and you're trying to repair the boat, you won't get anywhere with just one paddle. Here are five things a single mom needs in her toolkit to thrive and steer that boat!