From the category archives:

Being a single mom

Birds and Bees

May 27, 2017

There are parenting moments for which we feel untrained and unprepared. Tim is 12, and his dad and I split up a little over a year ago. Granted, this stage is objectively easier than the baby/toddler years. I was a ‘married single mama’ when he was a babe, and that sucked, even with a putative […]

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The Kid’s First Birthday as a Single Mama

May 16, 2017

I’m navigating Tim’s birthday as a single parent for the first time. I just had such a hot mess of a phone call with his Dad about it. Background: we’re cooperative, but keep the communication to a bare minimum. I’m trying to be cool and functional and reasonable, but inside I’m still dealing with some […]

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Ms. Single Mama 2.0

May 15, 2017

Hi! I’m Ms. Single Mama, version 2. A couple of years ago, I came across Ms. Single Mama and her blog. It was exactly one day after my (then) husband first told me he wanted to move out of our house. On the day I found Ms. Single Mama, I was sad, excited, and most of all, […]

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On the beach.

June 9, 2012

I just disappeared from this great, wide thing we call the Internet for six entire days. Typically, I live and die by my inbox. But not this week. Nope. With the exception of my Instagram and a few Facebook updates, it was all beach and all family all week. No business. No email. No blogging. […]

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Happy Single Mother’s Day.

May 13, 2012

A video love note to all of you… my sisters in arms, my single mothers, my modern day super women – you are truly remarkable, don’t forget that.

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How do you do it?

September 24, 2011

I posed this question on Facebook a few weeks back and the responses were tremendously inspiring and motivating. The question was sparked by an e-mail from a new single mom who asked me how I did it, how I continue to do it and what advice I could offer to her to make her days […]

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Searching for a crystal ball

September 1, 2010

I know I have some readers who are children of single moms. You’ve said you’re here because I fill in holes, blanks from your childhood or at least, give you an idea of what your mother went through. A question for you–what if this was your mother’s blog? Would it be too much? Are  there […]

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Woman’s Day

July 6, 2010

My essay is out. Find it in the August issue of Woman’s Day. Pick one up the old-fashioned way or read it online. I’m a bit partial to the print version and while reading the last few paragraph’s out loud to John Bear in the car as soon as I found my copy, I actually […]

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At the start

April 13, 2010

I have been so wrapped up in my own happiness lately – with my work, with John, with Benjamin (and not necessarily in that order, fluctuates with the day or more often, the time of day) – that I have lost sight of why I started this blog in the first place. A few weeks […]

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Happily Ever After?

March 29, 2010

“Maybe you shouldn’t have kids,” I sigh into the phone. Typically I’m encouraging my little sister to just have a kid already, but my sister has caught me in a post Benjamin was being a pain in the ass moment and I don’t really feel like talking, or doing much of anything. In fact, I […]

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