The Shriver Report – Living Paycheck to Paycheck: A Child’s Perspective

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Living Paycheck to Paycheck: A Child’s Perspective

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Hello my name is Kenton Van Jacobs, I am 13 years old, I live with my mother Melody Jacobs and we live in Flagstaff, AZ.

My mother has now been raising me for 13 years. She is a single mother and has recently decided to get her college education in law. My mom is a great person with a great personality and I love her very much. But sometimes it is hard for my mom to be a single mother. This is because she has to pay all of the bills and take care of me at the same time.

Times are harder than now because my mom now has to pay for college, take care of me, and pay the bills. It is also harder because my mom does not have a lot of time for a job because she is going to school full time and taking care of me at the same time.

My mom and I also have to move a lot. This is because my mom is always looking for the best place for us to live. But this is a difficult task because when we do move we don’t have a ton of money to spend on a new living space.  Since my mom is so busy all the time with me and school, she does not have a lot of time to meet friends so every time we move it is just us with no help. And there is only so much that I can do and help with. So, a lot of the time my mom is working non-stop which can stress her out and tire her so that she has to miss school, which can cause her to lose a grade.

But even through all of this my mom and I make it because we work together as a team and appreciate all of the things that we do for each other. As long as we are together we can accomplish anything. This is Melody and Kenton Jacobs and this is our story.


Be sure to check out our new film next week, Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert, presented by HBO and The Shriver Report. The documentary features 30-year-old single mom of three Katrina Gilbert, and will air on HBO on Monday, March 17th. You can also view the film for one week on Learn more here.