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What Raising Kids Alone After Divorce Feels Like

Dina Strada | Posted 05.22.2015 | Divorce
Dina Strada

The other night, I had a few friends over to what I consider to be my lovely new home. It's all mine. Paid for by me. Decorated by me. Infused 100% with my style, taste and spirit. When friends walk into my new home, they all say the same thing, "Now this house is so YOU." And it is.

A Single Mom's Guide To Career Advancement

Jenn Lyons | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Jenn Lyons

While there is much debate if working mothers can "have it all," single moms go out and "make it happen." There is no other option.

Are Single Parents All Created Equal?

Stacey Freeman | Posted 05.14.2015 | Divorce
Stacey Freeman

Not all single parents are created equal. Some of us have it easier than others, and in different ways. Some of us have it more difficult, and in different ways. We can debate until we are blue in the face what constitutes those "better" or "worse" situations.

10 Things Single Moms Want Their Kids To Know

Stacey Freeman | Posted 05.11.2015 | Divorce
Stacey Freeman

Today, deep into my routine as a single mom of two teenage daughters and an elementary-school-age son, hearing those criticisms has yet to become any easier. I somehow suspect it never will. So I continue to remind my kids (and myself) I'm not infallible. I'm human.

7 Invaluable Love Lessons From Single Moms

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 05.11.2015 | Divorce

As a single parent, you're solely responsible for modeling what love looks like: If you choose to remain single, you teach your kids that you don't ne...

A Tribute to Single Parent Moms

Risa Garon | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Risa Garon

Always, always give yourself credit for all that you do, all that you are, including your children's loving mom.

An Open Letter to Non-Single Moms

Deandra Coleman | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Deandra Coleman

At the end of the day, material things don't matter. But for a single mom, who wears so many hats every single day, who is many times both mom and dad and who never gets any time off, a simple card signed by her children on mother's day could mean the world to her. So I urge all you non-single parents, if you know a single mom, pick up her kids, help them pick out a card and sign it.

Single Mom and the Empty Nest

Debbie Burgin | Posted 05.01.2015 | Divorce
Debbie Burgin

When you divorce without children, the initial phases are emotional, financial and sometimes fairly deep, but you generally get through it, and go your separate ways. When you divorce with children, those phases stretch on forever.

5 Sanity-Saving Tips For Busy Single Moms

Lindsey Light | Posted 04.15.2015 | Divorce
Lindsey Light

The truth is I don't need sympathy; I need help. That was not an easy conclusion for me to come to.

When Your Child Walks Away Happy

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 03.31.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

The confident girl who walked away from us without blinking an eye is maybe coming back to us, her loving and worried parents.

Dear Single Mama

Mary Katherine Backstrom | Posted 05.23.2015 | Parents
Mary Katherine Backstrom

Motherhood placed a child at the center of your broken heart, and it is with that overwhelming love for your child that you will find the strength to conquer these dark times.

Why (Most) Newly Divorced Parents Should Wait to Date

Shelley Wetton | Posted 05.22.2015 | Divorce
Shelley Wetton

Parenthood and dating can co-exist but those who manage them well are not struggling to acclimate to newly single lives. And they've healed to where parenthood and dating no longer collide but can share space in their life so they can mindfully and healthfully meet someone new.

9 Important Lessons My Single Mother Taught Me About Love And Dating

Bustle | Posted 05.11.2015 | Women
Bustle

I was raised by one of the most badass women I have ever had the pleasure of meeting -- my single mother. My mother wears all black, can quote Vygotsky and wrote her PhD dissertation when I was in elementary school, while typing on our OG Mac computer.

5 Friends Every Single Mom Needs

Emma Johnson | Posted 04.26.2015 | Divorce
Emma Johnson

If you're facing single motherhood -- whether by divorce, choice or happenstance, you need support. All the freaking support you can get You're building a new life here, woman! Who you spend time with influence who that new person will be.

What I'm Too Ashamed And Devastated To Admit About My Split Out Loud

Samantha Darby Sollenberger | Posted 04.25.2015 | Divorce
Samantha Darby Sollenberger

This is harder because I don't know what my husband has chosen over me. Over Alice. Over our family.

Pennies for Heaven

Liza Long | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Liza Long

Two months later, I celebrated my fortieth birthday in a way I never could have imagined. After years of hard work, sacrifice and a level of organizational commitment that in retrospect was possibly unwarranted, I was an out-of-work single mother of four children.

Why Dogs Are Better Than Dates

Liesl Testwuide | Posted 04.20.2015 | Divorce
Liesl Testwuide

It's a bad sign when I'm on a date and I miss my dog. If I look forward to drooly, droopy jowls rather than Mr. Comb-over's kiss, it's time to call a cab. Don't get me wrong; I love men. It's just that in a lot of cases, I love my dog more.

5 Audacious Ways to Rock Valentines Day Like a Boss

Lola Reed | Posted 04.15.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lola Reed

Does anyone actually love Valentines Day? Or are the vast majority of us just keeping up appearances? Going through the motions with buying some cho...

Three Years After My Husband Left Me, I Finally Let Him Go

Stacey Freeman | Posted 04.12.2015 | Divorce
Stacey Freeman

As it turned out, everything did have its place, myself included. It was only a matter of finding it.

11 Things You Should Never Say To A Single Parent

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 02.05.2015 | Divorce

Being a single parent is hard work. You know what makes it even more difficult? The questions and "advice" you get from people who have no idea what i...

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for the Single Dad

Jon Vaughn | Posted 04.03.2015 | Divorce
Jon Vaughn

Now that I'm freed from the chains of this holiday, I can finally say exactly what I would want, as a parent, dad, whatever, provided that it comes from my significant other.

Don't Call My Stepkids 'Baggage!' Your Trash Just So Happens to Be My Treasure

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Do I mind that my stepkids are referred to as leftover "baggage?" You bet, I do.

Feel Like Giving Up? 10 Things I Remembered in 2014 to Keep Going

Laura Aiisha | Posted 03.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Laura Aiisha

As the final weeks and days of this year have come and gone, I'm reminded of the ways that 2014 has pushed me backwards, pulled me forwards, lifte...

6 Ways to Express Interest When the Kids Are Around

Jon Vaughn | Posted 03.06.2015 | Parents
Jon Vaughn

There is absolutely nothing wrong with me passing along a compliment to a woman in front of her children, or mine. But I overthought things, and I shouldn't have. Somehow society has convinced me that when I have my daughters, women are off-limits.

A Christmas Letter From This Burnt-Out Mom To Her Single Mother Of 6

Susan Fishman | Posted 02.21.2015 | Parents
Susan Fishman

Maybe the joy of the season and the love for your kids filled your heart to the point that you've now forgotten the juggling and the exhaustion and the overall monumental holiday undertaking. But I want you to know that I haven't.