Shacking up…with another single parent.

by mssinglemama on February 6, 2008

coabode.jpgWith single parenthood on the rise, many single moms and dads are shacking up – with each other. Once I dated a single father who lived with two other single fathers. His house had a climbing wall from the kitchen to an upstairs playroom. The kids had each other and so did the fathers.

My single mama best friend, Abby, also just split her rent in half by taking in a  roommate – another single mom. They found each other through Craiglist and in addition to being a great roommate, Cindy has also offered to baby sit and will undoubtedly help Abby out around the house.

Personally, I’m lucky enough to be in an okay situation financially. It’s not great but I don’t feel the pressing need for a roommate. If I found the right mom though – it would be a very, very tempting scenario.

And check this out –, an entire web site devoted to matching up single moms. The moms here report happier, healthier lives thanks to their roommates and the kids – well, they just love having another little one around. Here’s a testimonial from one of the women featured in the picture above:

“Our kids get along great. Emotionally its been great to have someone thats going through the same experience that you are. CoAbode has definitely changed my life for the better. My new roommate and I sit up at night after the kids fall asleep and laugh and joke about some of the trials and tribulations we go through, and dont feel so alone.”

What do you think? Have you ever considered getting a roommate?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

jamesdipadua February 7, 2008 at 10:03 pm

wow. this is great. my mom raised me alone and i think we would have all benefited from a little bit more emotional support. thanks for sharing. 🙂


Hellen June 23, 2011 at 11:36 am

This is great! I never actually thot about this before.I get so lonely after 8pm when my daughter goes to bed and I end up sleeping at 8pm myself.I have been a single mum for 6 years now(well,I have relationships in between that turned out disastrous) and the loneliness and depression doesn’t end… answer…! Room mate! Thanks!!


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