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Single Mom Spinning

One of the sweetest things I hear daily is, “Mom, watch this!” Usually it’s followed by another child saying, “Mom, watch me!” and yet another child bellowing, “Look here, Mom! …

My Single Mom Fall-in Closet

Before I became a single parent, I had a walk-in closet — now I have a fall-in closet. I don’t mean that I fall over all the stuff in it, although…

Buckets of Battered and Broken Beauty

On our first morning at the beach, my girls and I picked shells — gleefully filling buckets and buckets. All the shells were broken, hardly discernible as shells, but beautiful nonetheless. It…

Single Parenting: An Adventure in Exhaustion

It’s been two years since I became a single mom to five wonderfully lovable and exhausting children. Pretty sure I never really understood exhaustion until now. Oh, I would complain about being tired, but…

A Single Mom’s Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day can be a difficult day for single moms. Traditionally, much of the planning of this day (e.g., taking the kids to buy a gift or encouraging them to…

Redefining Tradition

Easter Sunday was the first one with just the kids and me — our second since becoming a single-parent family because last year, my mom was with us. Last year,…

Single MomLife Doesn’t Match my Picture

Last Tuesday was doctor day at my son’s preschool. I forgot to take a white dress shirt for him (never mind that men’s white dress shirts don’t live in this…

Lessons Learned in My First Year as a Single Mom

I’ve been told that the first year as a single mom is the hardest but that it really takes two to start being able to breathe again — two cycles…

Family Movie Night and Creating New Traditions

Sometimes in life, things happen and you have no control over them. Sometimes they can be good and sometimes … well … they can be not so good. When this happens, you don’t always…

How do You do?

I recently met a woman who really impressed me. You know, the kind of gal you just want to stand and talk to for a while. At first glance I…

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