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Emma Johnson
Emma Johnson is the mom of two hilarious preschoolers in New York where she works as a freelance money writer, syndicated AM radio host and blogger. Emma has contributed to The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, WORTH, Men's Health, Glamour, WIRED, MSN Money and Real Simple. She is a contributing editor at SUCCESS magazine and senior writer for RetailMeNot. Her blog is

Entries by Emma Johnson

I'm Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for 15 in My NYC Apartment and It Will Be Low Stress. Here's How

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 3:53 PM

I've hosted Thanksgiving dinner for the past few years and it's always a good time. Guests include a mix of friends and family, friends of friends and a few neighbors stop by for a pre-dinner drink. This year it's shaping up to a whole new level. Three days before the...

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8 Reasons I Want my Daughter to Date Whenever She's Ready

(3) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 7:14 PM

A few months ago at a party, I met a lovely woman who casually recounted a conversation she had with her teenage daughter: "I told her, 'You have so many great talents and strengths, I really want you to focus on school and activities and not date until your senior...

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The More Time I Have With My Kids the More Time I Want With My Kids (the Single Parent Paradox)

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 10:13 AM

Many late Saturday afternoons with my kids can be a drag. We've likely had a great morning on our "adventure day" -- hitting the farmer's market, or a music festival, visiting friends. But between 3 p.m. when Lucas wakes up grumpy from his nap, and 5 p.m. when...

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Single Mom Trend: Whirlwind Romances Then Wedded Bliss -- What's Up With That?

(6) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 4:46 PM

One day my single mom friend Sarah was telling me about a "panty-wetting first kiss." The next month, my jaw hit my keyboard when she posted on Facebook a pic of an adorable little girl with the message: "My new daughter." Within six weeks of meeting a fantastic guy, Sarah...

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A Single Mom By Any Other Name Is An ... Um ... Er ... Uh ...

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 1:57 PM

When I was in college we had this very sexy and elegant professor who had been the longtime chief foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune (again, me and the glamorous men!). All the girls loved him even though he was a million years old, and none of the...

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Your Post-Divorce Rebound Is Guaranteed to Destroy your Heart

(8) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 2:39 PM

Nothing so easy as catching a heart on the rebound. -Mary Russell Mitford

A recent amour and I were chatting.

Me: "I've been thinking about how the first time you sleep with someone, you're not really sleeping with that person -- you're really sleeping with all the other people...

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Are Divorced Families Whole Families?

(4) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 5:33 PM

When I was at the height of my family drama a few years ago, my mom -- also a single mother for most of my life -- comforted me. "You and Helena and Lucas are a whole family," she assured. I was a little surprised. That we weren't never occurred...

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12 Things I No Longer Care About Since Becoming a Single Mom

(4) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 4:22 PM

I recently threw out the white plastic Pampers wipe box that I've had for the five years I've been a mother. I had my last laugh about that stupid thing. See, when I was pregnant and getting Helena's nursery together, I searched far and wide for the least visibly offensive...

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I Don't Live For My Kids -- and That Is My Biggest Gift to Them

(3) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 4:28 PM

I recently overheard a mother proudly declare: "I live for my daughter."

Too bad for that little girl. And too bad for the mom.

Parents who make their children the center of their universes mess up their kids, mess up themselves, and in the case of single parents, make serious...

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Just because he loves kids doesn't mean he will love YOUR kids

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 11:03 AM

A couple months ago I wrote about what I expected to be a sweet one-off hook-up with a hot motorcycle-riding Sicilian I was convinced I had nothing in common with.

I was right, but I was also wrong (hate that!).

Yeah, I got the fun date I was...

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Let's Stop Celebrating Wedding Anniversaries

(4) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 11:20 AM

Who doesn't love media stories of the wrinkled up couple celebrating their 83rd wedding anniversary?

I don't!

No, of course I really do. Because like you, I tell myself that they were so happy all those years! They were each other's champion and confidant and soul mate! And despite the...

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Single Dads Face More Pressure to Have Babies (and Single Moms Win at Dating)

(11) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 10:55 AM

Never say never, but I'm done having babies.

This was apparent to me Saturday, our weekly "Adventure Day," when my kids and I do something fun and unusual. This week we rode the subway to Chinatown where we shared a bubble tea (and got a lesson in urban race relations...

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Facebook Is My Baby Daddy

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 10:54 AM

I don't have a husband. I have Facebook.

As a single mom, there are lots and lots of things that I can handle really, really well. I run the house, make all the meals (mostly from scratch, I'm proud to say). I own a small business that does well enough...

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Dating and the Single Mom: When Do You Come clean About Having Kids?

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 10:25 AM

Having kids is often a deal-breaker when dating. That is OK.

When it comes to dating, the possession of offspring is right up there with bisexuality (in men), herpes, smoking, being a Republican, and refusal to perform oral sex. Most people have a few things they just aren't willing to...

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Dating As a Single Mom Is the Same as Dating as a Teenager

(13) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 5:40 PM

Sunday morning I had brunch with my brother Josh and sister-in-law Susan. They're in their early 30s, don't have kids, stay out late, and sleep in on weekends. In other words: They're normal. Susan grilled me about my date from the night before while my little brother pretended he'd lost...

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The Benefits of Dating Single Dads

(13) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 1:06 PM

I recently went out a couple of times with a single dad whose daughter happens to be the same age as mine. We spent our first date talking about our kids and the challenges of parenting -- and realizing we have a lot in common. For example, we both feel...

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What If Your Failed Marriage Was Really a Success?

(18) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 5:11 PM

I have a story that used to be a confession.

On the day I got married, I wore a pretty, silk white off-the-rack evening gown (because that's the kind of no-fuss bride I was), and my mom (again, irreverent) escorted me to my groom-in-waiting. I was happy and felt lovely...

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You Are Stupid if You Do Your Own Laundry

(11) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 11:21 AM

I refuse to do laundry.

That's a bit of an overstatement, but I really, really hate to do the wash, and I really, really hate the fold. The sorting and cycling and hauling of this never-ending chore so tedious, so mundane and omnipotent that it a joke for moms everywhere.

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A 10-Year Contract Will Save Marriage

(81) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 1:34 PM

I've established on my blog that marriage is dead. The model based on committing to a "soulmate" for the rest of one's life is but a blip in the history of marriage, and it's day has come -- as evidenced by the steady, high divorce rate and dwindling...

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Single Moms (And Other Strong Women) Need Alpha Males

(556) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 2:56 AM

The other night, my single mom friend Sarah and I were IMing about how we prefer men who are aggressive in bed.

"I'm the CEO of my entire life!" Sarah complained. "Do you know how hot it is to let someone else take over for 20 minutes?"

"It's not just...

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