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Single Parents

Family Travel: 24 Hours in Grand Valley

This is me: And these are my kids: Let’s do a recount: 1 of me 2 of them Oh. And we all ski. Here’s what taking two kids skiing all by yourself looks like: Pack the gear. Pack the snacks. Check the gear. Realize you packed ski helmets for exactly no one. Pack the ski […]

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First Comes Love: Thank you, Nina Davenport

I recently watched a documentary by Nina Davenport called First Comes Love about her journey to single motherhood.  Even those who are not single mothers by choice (SMC – we get an acronym) would find it engaging and insightful but if you are a SMC it hits you on a personal level.  For me it […]

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A beautiful Facebook message on how to co-parent

Jessica Singleton and the father of her son aren’t still together, but gives an amazing example of how to co-parent beautifully. In a heartfelt Facebook post dedicated to her ex, Jessica detailed all the things he does for both her and her child that might seem simple but which she doesn’t take for granted. “This […]

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Single Mom Truths (and Challenges)

As much as I feel privileged to have time alone with my daughter after a long day of work and school, I dread walking through the door to an empty home. As much as I am proud that I can financially and practically care for her on my own, I am often just as resentful […]

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Confessions of a single mom

  I miss the days when I had the luxury of having a nervous breakdown.  B.C. (Before Child), I could spend an entire weekend in bed sleeping, wallowing in misery and whining to my girlfriends on the phone.  Usually these breakdowns happened after some schmuck I thought was the love of my life dumped me. […]

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I'm Outta Here: One Widow's Attempt to Find Home Sweet Home

Change is complicated. On the one hand, I am constantly rearranging my furniture, trying new eye shadow, and if I could get a new car every month (so I wouldn’t have to clean the one I have) I would probably do it. But permanent change…that’s another beast entirely. I actually haven’t been through many permanent […]

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Holiday spending survival guide: 7 budgeting tips

Since my divorce and crawling my way out of a terrible financial fix (thanks ex-husband!), I budget for nearly everything. There are a few things around the holidays that can send me for a loop so this year, I have tried to be more mindful of what those things are and budget appropriately.  Wrapping Paper – […]

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Motherhood: What They See is What You'll Get

I’ve always been consumed with my kids’ perception of me. Actually, I don’t know if perception is the right word. I mean, I don’t worry if they’re judging me (I have a 13-year-old daughter – I think that’s a given right now), but I’ve always wondered how they interpret me. Does that make any sense? […]

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