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Mom I'm Disabled, Not Dead

Michelle Renee | Posted 03.25.2014 | 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 03.24.2014 | 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 03.20.2014 | 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 03.20.2014 | 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 03.19.2014 | 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 03.14.2014 | 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?

Hitting Basement

Erin Donovan | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Erin Donovan

There are endless jokes about the indignity of moving into your parent's basement. It's worse when you have to move into a basement that doesn't belong to your parents. A basement that is not your parents represents a regression, a depression, like no other.

Is There A 'Right' Time To Introduce Your Kids To Your Boyfriend?

OWN | Posted 03.12.2014 | OWN

It's a question on the minds of many single mothers playing the dating game: When should I invite my partner to meet my children? Comedian and act...

Nia Long's Poignant Advice For Daughters Of Single Moms

OWN | Posted 03.07.2014 | OWN

The daughter of a single mother, actress Nia Long says she felt forced to become an adult at a young age. "I had to protect my mom," she says on "Opra...

Why Iyanla Vanzant Wants Single Moms To Ditch The Guilt

OWN | Posted 03.04.2014 | OWN

Carving out personal time can feel like a guilty pleasure for busy single moms, but life coach Iyanla Vanzant says it's vital for all parents. On "Opr...

What Iyanla Vanzant And Oprah Want All Single Moms To Know

OWN | Posted 02.28.2014 | OWN

The words a woman uses to define herself hold a great deal of power. That's the message Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant want to get across when they welcome ...

The Lie Single Moms Should Never Tell

OWN | Posted 02.26.2014 | OWN

How young is too young to hear the real reason Dad left? Many single moms struggle with this loaded question. As badly as they want to tell the tru...

5 Things I Learned During My Year As A Single Mother

Sarah Smiley | Posted 02.25.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

On paper, I had a partner in parenting. In practice, however, I was parenting alone, and it wasn't easy. Indeed, that year gave me greater appreciation for what real single parents must go through every day.

WATCH: Author On 'The Secret Sex Life Of A Single Mom'

HuffPost Live | Posted 02.18.2014 | Divorce

Dating after a divorce can seem like a daunting task. But author Delaine Moore embraced it. She turned her sexcapades into a steamy memoir, The Secret...

WATCH: I Had Twins At 57

HuffPost Live | Posted 02.13.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

In 2004, Aleta St. James became the oldest American woman to give birth to twins at the time. During a segment about single parenthood on HuffPost Liv...

If You Do These 6 Things For A Single Mom, She'll Be Forever Grateful

Pauline Gaines | Posted 04.01.2014 | Divorce
Pauline Gaines

The relentlessness of single parenthood is draining. You can't afford to develop a major health problem because no one else is around to take care of your kids. You can't afford to lose your job, or segue to part-time work, because no one else will pay your rent.

Carin Kilby Clark: The Most Important Thing I Will Do for My Children This Year

Carin Kilby Clark | Posted 03.16.2014 | Parents
Carin Kilby Clark

I have worked in the business management field for over 15 years, so the concept of one-on-ones with staff is tried and true. However, I never really thought about applying that same logic to the challenge of staying in touch with my children.

What The War On Poverty Got Wrong About Single Moms

Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce

It was long thought that marriage was a solution to poverty, but new research suggests that impoverished single moms may be better off staying single....

5 Benefits Of Dating A Single Mom

Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce

By Kate Anthony for So many men are often put off by dating a single mom, and I have to say it's a little mystifying to me. There a...

Why Keeping Your Family Connected Matters

Carin Kilby Clark | Posted 02.11.2014 | Parents
Carin Kilby Clark

As a single mom of three, I often struggle with the ideal of a connected family. What does it mean? How do you achieve it? I am pulled in so many directions, every single day, and I sometimes wonder if my children know how much I want to be there; especially when I am not.

Easy, Happy Halloween Alternatives for Single Moms

Kerri Zane | Posted 12.10.2013 | Parents
Kerri Zane

This October 31, you might want to ditch the door-to-door trick-or-treating and try out one of these fun-filled alternatives.

Instead of Blaming Single Moms, Try Looking in the Mirror

Wendy Fontaine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Wendy Fontaine

Chris Powell, managing editor of the Journal Inquirer, an afternoon paper in Manchester, Conn., seems to be having trouble adapting. Instead of asking questions about why his newspaper's circulation is falling, and finding innovative ways to preserve his product for future generations, he's pointing his finger at single mothers.

The Expert Parenting Advice I Ignored

Sue Sanders | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Sue Sanders

Before I went on a date, I needed a few things: a sassy haircut, a cute new outfit and a man. I found the first two in my Brooklyn neighborhood and the third online.

An Open Letter to Chris Powell From a Single Mother

Michelle Bernard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Michelle Bernard

Regardless of socio-economic status, I have never met a single mother who didn't want a better life for herself and her children and who didn't realize that education and knowledge are they key to leveling the playing field.

Single Moms React To Ted Cruz: 'Out Of Touch,' 'Offensive,' 'Insulting'

Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics

Judging from Ted Cruz's 21-hour speech on the Senate floor this week, it appears that every single mother he has ever met works as a diner waitress. ...