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Why I Married a Man I Didn't Love (and What I Learned)

Shelley Wetton | Posted 01.31.2015 | Divorce
Shelley Wetton

If I found someone fast, my son wouldn't remember a mommy who was lonely and alone. And this is precisely how I arrived at the altar a second time -- broken, clinically depressed and desperate for a world that resembled that movie reel of what once was.

Why Are Working Moms Crying?

Erin Mantz | Posted 01.30.2015 | Parents
Erin Mantz

Change is hard. It can hurt. You could say the same for motherhood. Finding the right parenting strategies so you don't end up in tears has no global solution.

Inside The Secret Life Of A Poor Single Mom

Jeannine Trimboli | Posted 01.20.2015 | Divorce
Jeannine Trimboli

I think about money all the time. I think about the bills that need to be paid, the things my kids need, and the fact that what's coming in currently is not enough to cover what needs to go out. Every day is a list of choosing. Of overdraft fees. Of cancellation notices. Every moment is a feeling of defeat and a pang of failure.

I Lost Everything, But Found My Voice In The Process

Jeannine Trimboli | Posted 01.14.2015 | Divorce
Jeannine Trimboli

This past year I haven't written the way I used to. There have been so many other things I wanted to write about but I just wasn't ready. I wasn't brave enough. Maybe now because I literally have nothing to lose, I have once again found my voice and my courage. Yesterday I filed bankruptcy. Chapter 7.

Meet Four Working Moms Who Fought For Higher Wages In 2014

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.31.2014 | Business

Mothers struggling to get by on low wages made headlines in 2014. Some got in trouble for leaving their children in a car or on a playground while th...

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

Susan Fishman | Posted 12.22.2014 | 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.

From The Outside Looking In

Osha Maloney | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Osha Maloney

Do they notice my big eyes looking in from the other side of the glass longingly at their delicious plates of food, bags of goodies?

Do Men Get More Appreciation For Being Parents?

Courtney Carter | Posted 12.05.2014 | Parents
Courtney Carter

I'm not saying that a man raising his kids shouldn't be appreciated. But he is doing what he is supposed to do just the way mom is.

All This Single Mother Wants For Christmas

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 12.04.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

Practicing gratitude has changed our attitude and perspective. Gratitude reminds my children that not receiving Christmas gifts is nothing in comparison to the obstacles other families face due to poverty, homelessness, joblessness, and hunger.

Thanks + Giving -- Makes Ya' Feel Good!

David Kanegis | Posted 01.26.2015 | Fifty
David Kanegis

As I sat waiting to be called in I thought about Thanksgiving, its origins and about how lucky I am. My life like most has challenges, yet I pride myself on virtually never complaining. Then I had an aha moment.

Giving Thanks: Three Lessons I Lived As a Single Mother

Tai Goodwin | Posted 01.24.2015 | Black Voices
Tai Goodwin

Growing up in the inner city of Philadelphia, being raised in a single parent home didn't make you stand out. In fact, before my parents divorced, I was an anomaly among my friends: their fathers didn't live at home with them.

Dating Ideas for Single Parents

Sheila Blagg | Posted 01.24.2015 | Divorce
Sheila Blagg

Dating is stressful enough; dating as a single parent is even tougher. You're so busy trying to keep up with your job and the needs of your children, you probably don't have time to stop and think about date possibilities.

Top 10 Rules for Dating a Single or Divorced Mom

Jodi Meltzer | Posted 01.17.2015 | Divorce
Jodi Meltzer

What do I want at this stage of my life? I am trying to figure that out... and I am not in a hurry. But I can share some rules for dating single or divorced women. I have a handle on them already.

Popular New England TV Personality Bianca de la Garza Shines as a Single Mom

Caroline Presno | Posted 01.14.2015 | Entertainment
Caroline Presno

In a Q&A with Garza, I asked about her parenting style with her 8-year-old daughter, Danica, the challenges of being a single mom and how she overcomes them, and the specific steps she takes to balance career and motherhood.

My Boyfriend Slept Over With My Kids Home for the First Time and Hilarity (and Normality) Ensued

Emma Johnson | Posted 01.13.2015 | Divorce
Emma Johnson

You should date, and let your kids know about it. Denying your sexuality and need for romantic connection sets a bad example for your children and thrusts too much responsibility on them to care for your emotional needs now, and physical and financial needs in the future.

Thinking Of Divorce? Here's How I Took The Leap (Literally)

Amy Byrnes | Posted 01.07.2015 | Divorce
Amy Byrnes

I stood at the top of the cliff with my daughters standing on either side of me and thought about all the things I'd never done because I was afraid. I thought about how I never wanted them to see me timid again. How I wanted to show them what it looked like when you do something that scares the living shit out of you.

Young Single Women, Many People Don't Want You to Vote. That's an Excellent Reason to Vote

Sara Eckel | Posted 01.04.2015 | Women
Sara Eckel

There is nothing that makes a single person less qualified to vote than a married person -- or a woman less qualified than a man (a matter I thought we resolved in 1920).

Dear Single Mom (And Sometimes Single Mom)

Sybil Brun | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion
Sybil Brun

I want you to know that I think about you often. I imagine how you feel on the lonely nights that seem to plague you. I remember the exhaustion that envelops you so much of the time that you think one day, it just might swallow you whole.

What You Might Not Know About Single Moms

Rebecca Bitton | Posted 12.27.2014 | Divorce
Rebecca Bitton

I'm loath to refer to myself as a "single mom" -- not because I'm ashamed of my status, but because that label conjures such stereotypical misconceptions.

I'm A Single Mom, And This S*** Is Hard

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 12.22.2014 | Divorce
Vanessa Mártir

We can't say it's hard. We can't cry over the pressure. We are supposed to grin and bear it. It's no wonder so many snap, so many are depressed, so many take this pent-up rage and resentment out on their kids. I'm not saying it's right. I'm saying I understand, carajo.

3 Secrets To Long-Lasting Relationships

Sheila Blagg | Posted 12.20.2014 | Divorce
Sheila Blagg

You can't instantly walk into a successful long-term relationship, but you can nurture one into existence. If you're trying to turn a good short-term relationship into a great long-term relationship, you'll need to put in effort to make it work.

This Is What You Should Be Feeding Your Child

Jon Vaughn | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Jon Vaughn

Whether you're a Lunchable type of parent, or you're sending them with five course meals, I hope you're packing a little extra. This is the real stuff that satisfies hunger.

What We Miss When We Photoshop School Pictures

Sarah Maizes | Posted 12.06.2014 | Parents
Sarah Maizes

Personally, I've always thought the whole point of school pictures is to provide an authentic representation of childhood -- to record every shift of the dental landscape, document every boo-boo, remind us of an unrequited love affair with bangs.

10 Reasons To Date A Single Mom

Kerri Zane | Posted 11.23.2014 | Divorce
Kerri Zane

This week is National Singles Week. Who knew?! So, it seems imperative that every single man, who sees it fit, should take their favorite single mom out on a date. Yes, she has children, but don't let that scare you.

#WhyIStayed: I Wanted to Be a Hero to My Child?

Ama Yawson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Women
Ama Yawson

I was shocked to read, was the following excerpt of Dr. Boyce Watkins's open letter to Janay Rice in which he calls women who stay with their abusers in order to keep their families intact "heroes."