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Of Lice and Men: IV

Devon O'Brien | Posted 11.03.2012 | Parents
Devon O'Brien

The way some people, upon hearing of a bank robbery or a murder, feel unaccountably guilty -- so I, as soon as Errol was sent home, felt itchy. Yet, was mine a real or a phantom infestation?

Single Mothers in Poverty: A Symptom of Failed Economic Policies

Riane Eisler | Posted 10.31.2012 | Parents
Riane Eisler

It's high time we change the conversation about both the economy and single mothers.

Of Lice and Men: III

Devon O'Brien | Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents
Devon O'Brien

"How dare she put my hair in a rubber band," Cole muttered once we were alone. After his diagnosis, we walked dejectedly through the school parking lot and on our way to the car.

Of Lice and Men: II

Devon O'Brien | Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents
Devon O'Brien

The school nurse caught some hair in a comb and the two of us leaned in, peering into the numberless strands. Our faces were side by side, within kissing distance. I had not been this close to another grown up for a whole year. It was intimate and weird.

Of Lice and Men

Devon O'Brien | Posted 10.27.2012 | Parents
Devon O'Brien

Allow me to begin at the beginning. I am a single mom. This is the story of our lousy year.

Mom Of The Month: Poet Staceyann Chin

Posted 08.06.2012 | Black Voices

When speaking to poet Staceyann Chin, it's hard not to be taken by the sound of her voice. That voice -- that honey-thick Jamaican accent that ...

Parenting: How Money Struggles Change Things -- And How They Don't

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.22.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Children living in poverty face immeasurably greater challenges than those who are better off. They need social supports and, often, support from the government. But most of all, children need caring, resourceful parents who give them time and attention.

Time and Money: The Story of Single Moms

Peter Edelman | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Peter Edelman

The debate should be about how we get child care to everyone who needs help with it, paid parental leave, assured child support and a decent system of income assistance.

Single Mom Goes From Relying On Welfare To Become ER Doctor

Posted 06.27.2012 | Impact

When Amanda Lamond was 18, she learned that she was pregnant. Doubters told her to forget pursuing a career in medicine. "There were people that t...

How A Cash-Strapped Seattle Mom Got A Full Financial Makeover

The Seattle Times | SUZANNE MONSON | Posted 05.21.2012 | Money

Monthly pedicures? It's a thing of the past. An occasional girls' night out? That's ancient history, too. A video-game system for her 9-ye...

Ensuring a Work-Family Balance in the Middle East

Donna Stefano | Posted 07.15.2012 | Impact
Donna Stefano

As time went on, the beauty of the Arab social life became clearer and I relished leaving the office along with them, guilt free, to pick up my son.

Julee Wilson

WATCH: A Single Mother's $10,000 Surprise! | Julee Wilson | Posted 05.13.2012 | Black Voices

Shenee Crespo's days start early, often well before the sun rises and her five children are awakened for the mad scramble that is their morning routin...

The Importance of Strong Role Models in Raising Sons and How to Find Them

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 07.04.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The fact is that no parent -- be it mom or dad -- should/can be all things at all times to his or her child.

The Plight of Single Mothers

Marten Weber | Posted 06.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

It's a glorious feeling to be an activist in the name of individual freedom, whether gay or straight. One always feels rewarded by the expressions of support. "I am what I am" is such an easy goal for a liberal mind, but there is a dark spot that bothers me immensely: the plight of single mothers.

Five Ways NOT to Raise Bullies and Mean Girls

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 06.19.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

It's possible -- very possible -- to raise exceptional, morally-grounded children no matter what your family looks like. The development of your child's moral character depends less on whether there is a male or female figure or two parents. These values come from one place: you.

It's Not a "Mommy War," It's a War on Moms

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Rather than fanning the false flames of a "Mommy War" that doesn't really exist, it's time that we as a nation recognize that regardless of whether or not mothers' work is paid or unpaid, the work of caregiving is important to us all and should be valued.

Moms and Dads Spring Open Gender Traps

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 06.05.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

A gay man can grin and say ironically, "I'm a really good mother," which may mean that he performs the daily child care in his home, but his comment does not define him as a mom. Nor is a lesbian who coaches her son's hockey team a father. Both are just doing what parents do.

How Education Gave Me Self-Worth

Gina Anderson | Posted 05.27.2012 | Impact
Gina Anderson

My 14-year-old daughter Ally is aware of the importance of education because she sees how hard I work. I've shown her that it's possible to obtain a higher education regardless of the hand you were dealt. I became pregnant with Ally when I was just 19, and was a single parent before I even gave birth.

6 Survival Strategies For All Single Parents

M. Lin | Posted 10.24.2014 | Parents
M. Lin

You matter. Your children may be the center of your universe, but it doesn't mean that you have to disappear to give them everything they need.

Being A Working Single Mom, From Joy Behar (WATCH)

Posted 09.06.2013 | MarloThomas

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Advice to My Daughters

Rachel Roy | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style
Rachel Roy

I'm constantly on the search for the tools in life that will help me get it right with my children more than I get it wrong. I have gained insight and a few tips that help me strive for what I crave: balance.

Rick Santorum's Latest Target -- Single Moms

Lara Bergthold | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Lara Bergthold

If politicians like Rick Santorum want to promote stable families, they should start by respecting all families. I can think of a lot of things that are making "the fabric of this country fall apart." Loving single parents are not one of them.

5 Things NOT To Say To Single Moms

The Stir | Posted 04.17.2012 | Divorce
The Stir

Growing up as the daughter of a single mother, I swore I'd never be a single mom myself. Well, you know what they say about the best-laid plans.

Kelly Cutrone's Advice For Single Moms (WATCH)

Posted 09.18.2013 | MarloThomas

Kelly Cutrone shares her advice for on being a single mom. Click here to purchase Kelly's books, Normal Gets You Nowhere and If You Have To Cry Go Ou...

Why I Voluntarily Became Homeless

Te-Erika Patterson | Posted 03.24.2012 | Impact
Te-Erika Patterson

Well, it all began about a year ago when I was at one of my lowest points in life. I remember looking in the mirror and saying, "You are so failing at life right now." I didn't know what to do.