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Is There A Good Age For Divorce?

Abby King | Posted 09.23.2015 | Divorce
Abby King

I don't think there's a good age for divorce. I think it all sucks for the kids. The only thing a divorced parent can do is do their best to have the best divorce possible.

Meditation on the Word Cleave

Karin Schott | Posted 09.16.2015 | Divorce
Karin Schott

A cleaver is a small green plant that grows delicate white flowers. If you break a leaf off and place it on your sleeve it adheres. When we meet someone we begin the process of cleaving. All you can do is think about that person.

Living the Dream: Solo Parent Reality

Alicia Bassuk | Posted 09.15.2015 | Parents
Alicia Bassuk

Everything in sight is the color of perilous loneliness. The water you flounder in is the black ink writing a life unexpected. The sky above you sinks below the surface of hope, at the rate of inevitable submersion.

4 Ways to Better Manage Your Time When You're a Single Mom

Lisa Froelings | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents
Lisa Froelings

Before anything else, kudos to all the exceptionally strong moms out there and I'd like to share some time management skills I've learned throughout the years trying to raise funds for my business as I try to raise my kids.

17 Things To Know About Loving A Single Mother

Bonnie Koehn | Posted 09.08.2015 | Divorce
Bonnie Koehn

I've only been at this single parenting thing for a few years, but I've learned some valuable lessons (both good and bad) about how relationships are different once you have a tiny person to consider. I've also observed my single mom friends navigating these waters over the years and heard the same few points arise again and again.

9 Reasons Divorced Parents 'Count' As Single Parents Too

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 08.25.2015 | Divorce

There's a new Mommy War being waged across the Internet -- though if you're not a divorced or single parent, you may not have noticed it.  ...

Because I Was A Single Teen Mom

Eileen Fragiacomo | Posted 09.14.2015 | Parents
Eileen Fragiacomo

My socioeconomic background (and the teen mom status and high school level of education that came with it) was always lingering in the back of my mind, making me feel very inadequate. But it also made me work even harder to keep up and grow as much as I possibly could.

Having Everything

Jana Llewellyn | Posted 08.07.2015 | Divorce
Jana Llewellyn

It's been five months since my husband moved out, eight months since we knew we were getting a divorce, and some of the reality is only just starting to hit me. No partner is coming home at the end of the day, and no one is waiting for me to come home.

This Is What Bad Childcare Looks Like...

Karin Schott | Posted 07.31.2015 | Parents
Karin Schott

This is what bad childcare looks like: your child gets in the car and tells you that the worker was on her smart phone most of the time and not aware of what was going on with the kids in her care.

12 All-Too-Honest Confessions From Single Parents

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 07.28.2015 | Divorce

  It's easy to overlook how much you do for your kids as a single parent. School drop-offs and pick-ups, sick days, overblown supermark...

Why Being a Single Teen Mother Gave Me These 5 Things

Sky Mandala Marcano | Posted 07.24.2015 | Women
Sky Mandala Marcano

A severe wake up call to my core desires and ambitions. You know that feeling of helplessness and a loss of personal power? Well it can make you feel things you never imagined. Including figuring out what you want out of life.

I'm the Second Favorite Parent -- And That's Okay

Mommy Nearest | Posted 07.20.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

It took some convincing on my part, but as I've witnessed it more and more, I've come to some realizations that I want to pass on. It's not easy to be the second favorite parent, but you should take it as a compliment and here's why.

Present and Accounted For

Karin Schott | Posted 07.09.2015 | Parents
Karin Schott

I was a single mother, shellshocked by a long labor. I was 26. The baby was just 14 hours old. The day was filled with a series of nurses, social workers, doctors, friends and my baby's father all coming through the door.


Karin Schott | Posted 06.24.2015 | Divorce
Karin Schott

If there is one lesson I have learned as a result of my divorce it is that once I can move away from other-thinking the closer I am to healing. Other thinking. It can be insidious. At first you are thinking of your other, soon to be ex, when you are in the turmoil that leads to separation.

6 Powerful Life Lessons Learned From Single Dads

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 06.19.2015 | Divorce

This Father's Day, we're celebrating single and divorced dads. Whether you have full custody or time with the kids every other weekend, the lesson...

Fatherhood From 3,000 Miles Away

Johnny Gill | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Johnny Gill

My son, Isaiah, lives in Washington, DC, and I live in Los Angeles. From the time Isaiah was 1 month old, he was bicoastal. During the early months and up until the time he started school, I would travel to and from Washington. It was the most incredible bonding time.

How Am I Going to Do This?!

Karin Schott | Posted 06.09.2015 | Divorce
Karin Schott

How am I going to do this? It is a question I have asked myself plenty of times since my separation and divorce. Once there were two of us who could tackle a problem. Now there is only me.

4 Suggestions to Get You Started When Looking to Date After Divorce

Sheila Blagg | Posted 06.03.2015 | Divorce
Sheila Blagg

Often times people take dating after a divorce entirely too seriously. You are not looking to jump into a serious relationship, are you? Then dating should be fun and exciting, but it's up to you to create that for yourself.

This sh*t is hard.

Jennifer Iacovelli | Posted 05.26.2015 | Divorce
Jennifer Iacovelli

This shit is hard.

What Is a Single Parent, Anyway?

Nancy Saunders | Posted 05.19.2015 | Divorce
Nancy Saunders

Regardless of marital status, at the end of the day, the only thing your children really need to know is that you love them no matter what. So surround yourself with the best village you can find, count your blessings and just breathe. Single parent or not.

In Praise Of Involved Fathers

Joe Seldner | Posted 05.18.2015 | Fifty
Joe Seldner

All the chatter about fathers not being involved in their children's lives sometimes confuses those of us who had the privilege of raising our children by ourselves. We wouldn't have had it any other way, so it is difficult to comprehend why any father would not want to be involved.

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...

5 Sanity-Saving Tips For Busy Single Moms

Lindsey Light | Posted 06.15.2015 | 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.