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Sitting at the Feet of Jill Scott

Danai P. Maraire | Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices
Danai P. Maraire

You probably know that Jill Scott is a critically acclaimed actress. But you may not know some of the dues she paid to get there. She discovered the hard way that there is no book, nor dummy's guide to dealing with fame in Hollywood.

Dear Single Mom: Listen, I Was Your Son, I Get It

John McElhenney | Posted 07.28.2014 | Divorce
John McElhenney

I know it's hard to be a single mom. Though I've never been one, I have been the son of a single mom. We went through an awful divorce (their divorc...

Mom Whose Daughter Played Outside While She Worked Was Not Fired (UPDATE)

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 07.25.2014 | Business

UPDATE: July 25 -- Robert Phillips, Harrell's lawyer, confirmed Friday that Harrell was never fired. He wrote in an email that McDonald's told him and...

Do Married Friends Exclude You Because You're Divorced?

Emma Johnson | Posted 07.09.2014 | Divorce
Emma Johnson

My social life is different now that I'm not married. When I was married, there were times I went out with my girlfriends, and there were times when my husband and I went out as a couple with other couples.

On Single Moms and Dating Younger Men

Emma Johnson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Divorce
Emma Johnson

In relationships, I prefer to be younger and cuter than my mate. Even just a year or two his junior somehow feels more comfortable, as illogical and sexist as that is. But it is. Because youth and its wingman -- beauty -- have power of their own, no matter how fleeting.

The 10 Best Cities For Single Moms In The U.S.

Posted 06.25.2014 | Divorce

Single moms looking to thrive may want to head out of the city and into the suburbs, a new survey suggests. NerdWallet, a personal finance website,...

Planning A Solo Summer Vacation With Kids? Read This.

Emma Johnson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Divorce
Emma Johnson

This weekend I've been coordinating my family's second annual road trip. Last year I defied all naysayers and enjoyed a 10-day driving vacation to see...

The Taste of Kindness

Carissa Henry | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Carissa Henry

Sometimes words just aren't enough. As much as I am in love with words, as much as they tirelessly enrapture my mind each day, sometimes they just can't encompass the depths of what I feel.

Why This Is Better Than Sex for Single Moms

Kerri Zane | Posted 08.16.2014 | Women
Kerri Zane

Being a single mom is a challenging balancing act. It's especially demanding for those of us in the labor force; attending to family and work frequently takes priority over socializing with friends or dating

The Truth About Single Moms

Lisa Marie Wilson | Posted 08.13.2014 | Divorce
Lisa Marie Wilson

It may be true that we will hook you on our line quicker for a date, as we don't have much time when the kids are away, but it doesn't mean you won't get thrown back in the lake just as fast. So here's the truth about us single moms.

Kids of Divorce Turn Out Just Fine

Honoree Corder | Posted 08.10.2014 | Divorce
Honoree Corder

You have two choices: you can spend your time worrying about what might happen, or you can get busy doing what would make a the biggest and best positive impact.

Longing for a Father

Monique Ruffin | Posted 08.05.2014 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

Until I got married and had a son, Father's Day had been a horrible day for me. Before then I'd never really understood the love between a father and ...

The Single Mom Manifesto

Honoree Corder | Posted 07.28.2014 | Divorce
Honoree Corder

Words of encouragement and affirmation, just for single moms! You are beautiful, capable, intelligent, and a great mom. You can take the time you nee...

The Mommy Penalty on Online Dating Sites

Jess Carbino | Posted 07.13.2014 | Women
Jess Carbino

While aging is not often considered a positive factor for women in the dating game, mothers fare better as they age.

Celebrating Mothers: Doing the World's Toughest Job

Kiana Knolland | Posted 07.13.2014 | College
Kiana Knolland

My mom adopted me as a single mother. She worked countless hours to provide for me. Her work ethic is admirable. Her strength is contagious.

My Single Mother

Susannah Lewis | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Susannah Lewis

I thought of my mother, the young widowed mother, who never complained or sighed or rolled her eyes when the sink was full of dishes or when I slammed my bedroom door because I was a pre-teen and hated all of the world and everyone in it.

A Message to Single Moms on Mother's Day

Sarah McCartan | Posted 07.09.2014 | Women
Sarah McCartan

Whether you have actively made a choice to carry on as a single mother, or it's become a necessity based on your individual circumstances, this Mother's Day, here is a message for every single mom out there.

5 Ways to Shake the Single-Mom Blues on Mother's Day

Emma Johnson | Posted 07.07.2014 | Divorce
Emma Johnson

As a single mom without a lot of extended family nearby -- and therefore hardly any fixed traditions or planned events that my kids and I can blindly participate in -- it's a lot of pressure to not only plan the festivities, but invent tradition out of thin air

We Know Single Moms Are Amazing And Now Science Knows It Too

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 05.01.2014 | Divorce

Single moms are often faced with tough challenges specific to raising a child on one's own -- but a new study says that, despite the hurdles, single m...

Mom I'm Disabled, Not Dead

Michelle Renee | Posted 05.25.2014 | Parents
Michelle Renee

Being disabled comes with some serious challenges. But we have the choice of allowing those challenges to keep us stuck at home or we can say hey, this makes me appreciate life so much more and I am going to LIVE IT!

Why It's Awesome to Be a Single Mom

Honoree Corder | Posted 05.24.2014 | Divorce
Honoree Corder

Sometimes being a single mom can be just plain awesome! In fact, once you get the hang of it and find your groove, you will most likely agree that being a single mom can, in many ways, be sooooo much better than when you were coupled up.

The Good of Single Parenthood

Kerri Zane | Posted 05.20.2014 | Divorce
Kerri Zane

When your children are in your custody, one-on-one, you have the opportunity to instill the values that are most important to you. For me it's integrity. I got to share what it is and what it feels like to be on the giving and receiving end of keeping your word.

Notes From a Default 'Feminist'

Courtney McKinney | Posted 05.20.2014 | Women
Courtney McKinney

If we continue with the expectation that men will do the heavy lifting (literally and figuratively), then gender equality will continue to evade us. However, if high expectations are set regardless of gender, I think default gender equality is the most likely outcome.

Tyler Perry Is Now a Fatherless Son

Kyle McMahon | Posted 05.19.2014 | Celebrity
Kyle McMahon

Tyler Perry is no stranger to biological father issues. He has spoken candidly about the issues stemming from growing up with his abusive father, Emmitt. The horrendous emotional and physical abuse Perry suffered not only drew him to change his own name from Emmitt to Tyler, but had him on the brink of suicide at age 10. The only problem? Perry has just discovered that this man is not his biological father.

Mothers vs. Fathers vs. Parents: Court Decision Banning Fathers From the Delivery Room Raises Questions for Alternative Families

Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Parents
Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq.

While the right to privacy is an unquestionable one, is there research that can inform us about early interactions between fathers and newborns? If the mother does not want the father present at birth, at what point does he have a right to see his child?