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Don't Tell Me I'm Not a "Real" Single Mom

Nikki Stephens | Posted 03.21.2016 | Parents
Nikki Stephens

I was recently mansplained how there are real single moms and then there are single moms who claim the title. Ya know the type of single mom I'm referring to? No, you don't? That's ok, because I didn't either.

Why Do We Cheat?

Sheila Blagg | Posted 03.14.2016 | Divorce
Sheila Blagg

Studies show that nearly 57% of men and 54% of women will commit adultery at some point during their marriage. This majority is astonishing. I was als...

Heroes and Villains

Cynthia Jennings | Posted 02.19.2017 | Parents
Cynthia Jennings

What happened to the days when our kids thought we were heroes day in and out? And it didn't take much more than bandaging a scraped knee, mending the seam of a disemboweled beanie baby or allowing an extra half hour of TV on a school night.

A day in the life...

Cynthia Jennings | Posted 02.11.2017 | Parents
Cynthia Jennings

Morning "Morning baby, time to get up." I rub her back and push back the golden halo of hair that surrounds her. "I'm tired," she mumbles in a small...

Formerly Homeless Single Mom Wants Her Kids To Have Gifts This Christmas

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 12.22.2015 | Good News

This mom's been through so much, but this Christmas, all she wants is for her two sons to have the holidays they deserve. Lily Pereda, a 28-year-old ...

Single Mom Buys Billboard To Congratulate Her Son On High School Graduation

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.29.2015 | Good News

This mom is proud of her son, and she's definitely not afraid to show it. Aljelani Igwe, an 18-year-old from Camden, New Jersey, recently graduate...

What Stinks About Mommy?

Beth Weissenberger | Posted 05.06.2016 | Parents
Beth Weissenberger

We don't ask what stinks about us because we're afraid that whatever we hear is going to HURT our heart.

The Art of Forgiveness: How My Mother Confronted Her Almost-Killer

Rebecca Strong | Posted 06.30.2015 | Women
Rebecca Strong

It's amazing what can happen when we are finally faced with something we've long been anticipating. Sometimes we realize why we yearned for it in the first place, and sometimes it becomes clear it's not actually what we wanted at all.

8 Reasons Forcing Creative Time Into My Schedule Has Changed My Life Drastically

Sky Mandala Marcano | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Sky Mandala Marcano

Art changed my perspective and the scared feelings I had quickly turned into hope, joy and happiness. Honestly when I was a young single mother, I felt a bit lost. But those times I chose to paint and create, changed my path, changed my focus and literally lit me up inside.

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.

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 I Decided To Adopt Without A Partner

mater mea | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
mater mea

Having followed all of the rules, I had become simultaneously desirable and unattainable. This, dear friends, is the great contradiction of my generation.

Carmen Milian: Single Mom Superstar

Kerri Zane | Posted 02.28.2015 | Entertainment
Kerri Zane

Get ready everyone. Christina Milian, her mom, Carmen, and sisters, hair stylist, Danielle and, Cordon Bleu Chef Lizzy are getting ready to give the Kardashian's a run for the their money.

5 Body Language Cues That Mean He Likes You

Sheila Blagg | Posted 12.28.2014 | Divorce
Sheila Blagg

Some guys show their interest more readily than others, and you can be left wondering how the date really went. His body language can communicate his interest without him realizing it, so use these cues to help decipher your date.

Move Over, Avengers: Single Parents Are The Real Superheroes

Kaly McKenna | Posted 12.22.2014 | Divorce
Kaly McKenna

As a single mom, the one thing I do have in common with these characters of fiction found in your local costume aisle is that I hide my superpower. I hide it really, really well. Instead of a mask, I hide my superpowers behind my tired eyes and weary yawns.

#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."

From Food Stamps to Financial Success -- Without Burn Out

Britt Bolnick | Posted 10.27.2014 | Women
Britt Bolnick

When my daughter was 14-months-old, her father left us, leaving me with a hefty mortgage, a physically taxing waitress job, a baby who clung to me all her waking hours, and a body, heart and mind that was steps away from a complete breakdown. My discomfort led to a moment of clarity: I could make a decision about how we wanted to live.

Single Mother Clergy Affirm The Importance Of Family

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 08.03.2014 | Religion

(RNS) When Philadelphia’s St. Paul Baptist Church hired the Rev. Leslie Callahan as its first female pastor, in 2009, she was nearing her 40th birth...

The ABCs of Being a Real Man

Tami Shaikh | Posted 09.27.2014 | Women
Tami Shaikh

Being a single mother it becomes more of a struggle because I have to be the female role model for my daughter and the male role model for my sons. Some days it's hard, and other days it's very clear what I expect from my boys.

Lamb's-Head Stew: The Local Treat That Got This Widowed Mom off the Street

Suzanne Skees | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

At 44, she doesn't take this work for granted -- it's been a long road from selling food off a street cart to owning her own restaurant.

Dear Family Whisperer: Tips for a Sometime Single Parent

Melinda Blau | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Would it be comforting to you to hear more details of his days? Would he prefer to text during the day (just to let you know he's thinking about you) or have one long phone conversation in the evening?

Why We Reach for Guns

Kirsten Larson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Kirsten Larson

My father was gone two weeks when a man I didn't know -- my mother's new boyfriend -- pushed the butt of a .22 rifle onto my right shoulder and with his big, dirty fingers folded my slender 4-year-old finger onto the trigger

My Mom Taught Me Everything and Nothing I Know About Parenting

Jill Patir | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Jill Patir

My mother taught me absolutely nothing about parenting. You see, she taught me to trust my instincts. She taught me that each baby is different. And she taught me that I need to listen to my gut when it comes to raising my daughter and when it comes to doing what is best for my family.

25 Lessons for My Son About Being a Man, From His Single Mother

Zoey Gulmi | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Zoey Gulmi

They'll tell you it's weak to cry and to fall in love. To live with an open heart. But the bravest thing you can do is to let your heart be exposed for all the pain it may entail.

The Single Moms Club -- Take This Job and Love It!

Cocoa Brown | Posted 05.13.2014 | Entertainment
Cocoa Brown

Yes, we still have single mommas in the hood holding it down, but you also have single mothers taking their kids to school or football practice in the Benz they paid for and tucking their kids into bed at night in the house in her name.