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The Rise of the ‘Married Single Mom’ by Jacoba Urist

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I’m not sure where I was and what I was doing with my life (lol) when  FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s called herself a “busy single mother” during a TV interview causing controversy. But nonetheless, the article surrounding the Flotus’s infamous slip-up is just as relevant Continue reading The Rise of the ‘Married Single Mom’ by Jacoba Urist

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8 Rules For Co-Parenting With Your Ex Without (Many) Fights By Andrea Barbalich

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Lately, I’ve been searching for personal stories written by women–from all walks of life–that are in ways just like me, because of the similarities in our status; particularly as a divorced, single mommy. Discovering these women, reading about their lives, and seeing how their stories echo some of my own sentiments, has been extremely therapeutic. That’s why I am subscribing to the idea that sharing Continue reading 8 Rules For Co-Parenting With Your Ex Without (Many) Fights By Andrea Barbalich

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For now, I’m Content to be a Single Mom. And that Confuses People by Tova Ross

 

Tova Ross and her kids. (Photo courtesy of Tova Ross)
Tova Ross and her kids. (Photo courtesy of Tova Ross)

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I ran across this story written by divorced, single mommy Tova Ross and it spoke to me on so many levels. Mainly because I could totally relate to her refreshing point of view. I have been feeling very content about being a single-mommy-post-divorce, for a long time Continue reading For now, I’m Content to be a Single Mom. And that Confuses People by Tova Ross

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The Flint Water Crisis Through The Eyes of Single Mommies

Photograph by Regina H. Boone—Detroit Free Press/TNS/Newscom
Photograph by Regina H. Boone—Detroit Free Press/TNS/Newscom

Hi Mommies,

I want to share a story that is truly near and dear to my aching heart. Most of you have probably read about my hometown Flint, Michigan and their water crisis in the national news lately or you may have Continue reading The Flint Water Crisis Through The Eyes of Single Mommies

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The Single Mother’s Guide to Dating By Tara Ellison

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New Year, new opportunity to find love! The kind of love that we desire and deserve. Regardless of our past experiences with our Wrong Misters, it’s possible to find true love, again.  Tara Ellison, author, Synchronized Swimming, shares her personal experiences and enlightening advice on dating as a single mom. After reading this article, I’m certainly open to putting myself back on the market again.

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Parenting LifeHack: A Great Way To Sneak Veggies In Your Kid’s Diet, No Matter How Old They Are

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Sooo I whipped up this deceptively delicious strawberry-blueberry smoothie for my son, that was packed with spinach, kale, carrots, ground chia and flax seeds. And he LOVED it!! That’s when I was totally, completely and utterly HOOKED! I was sooo happy that I no longer had to bribe him to eat veggies (outside of his few favorites) or lecture him at dinner time about the importance of vegaetable to his health, as he sat and stared at his plate of meat and foreign objects. Now I could just throw it all in my Nutribullet with yogurt or milk or 100% juice and Voila!

Now how did I get here?

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Family Tripping’ With The Ex-Hubby

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So I’m sitting here with a Shea moisture deep treatment masque, that I added honey, olive oil and coconut oil too, a plastic cap and heating wrap on my head, while attempting to literally zen myself back to the inner peace and tranquility I experienced on a cruise to Cabo San Lucas.

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This vacay was probably one of those rare times in my life, that I allowed myself to totally be free…to totally let go (of my plans and expectations)…to totally enjoy every moment (regardless of the outcome) and…

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…To totally get my tail in the water. Well, ok, I didn’t totally do that. The

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Mothering Phenomenally

This day and prayer is dedicated to every last one of the women out there, especially my SiNgLe MoMmIeS, who have done everything in their power to take care of their children by living godly; leading admirably; loving unconditionally; sacrificing selflessly; protecting relentlessly; providing resourcefully; listening intently, advising knowledgeably; chastening uncompromisingly…mothering phenomenally! Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother Prayer

Dear Lord,
today we pray for mothers–
our own mothers, and mothers everywhere,
who have made such a major contribution
to the good qualities we have,
sometimes through genetics,
more often through great effort and patient instruction,
and who have done their best
to gently polish away our rough edges.

Lord, please bless our mothers
for the endless hours of time they spent
and the boundless energy they invested in us.
Bless our mothers for their sacrifices on our behalf
as they often gave up or deferred their own dreams
so that we could have ours.

Bless our mothers for always being there for us,
for being the person we know we can turn to
when we need comfort, encouragement, or just a hug.
Bless our mothers for making a home for us
where we could feel safe, where we felt we belonged.

Most of all, Lord,
bless our mothers for their unconditional love,
for loving us no matter what,
and for frequently showing love
in ways that make us feel valued and cherished.
Lord, please bless our mothers mightily.

Strengthen them, soothe them,
wrap them in Your infinite love
and shower them with blessings
too numerous to count, too magnificent to describe.
We love them, admire them, respect them,
and we wish that You would give them back
many times the good they gave to us.
In Jesus’ name we pray; Amen.

 ~Joanna Fuchs

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Where’s My A-P-P-R-E-C-I-A-T-I-O-N & R-E-S-P-E-C-T?

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There’s always sooo much on my plate as a SiNgLe MoMmY! Remember I told you in “FiRsT StEpS” that I’m a full-time SUPER-mom, which is the ultimate job of the universe. I find myself cooking, cleaning, wiping noses and tears, teaching responsibility, encouraging creativity and learning, cultivating gifts, discouraging bad behavior, chastening, and loving unconditionally, day in and day out.

Parenting is one of thee most demanding responsibilities for a mother and a father, but when a mother finds herself being a stand-in dad too, the load is much heavier. And let me just say that my hat is off to any woman that is raising more than one child alone…I can only imagine what your days are like.

Sadly, SiNgLe MoMmIeS are not Appreciated & Respected as we should be at times, by our children, in our homes or in society, for Continue reading Where’s My A-P-P-R-E-C-I-A-T-I-O-N & R-E-S-P-E-C-T?

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MommyHood: We Do What We Have To

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Hey ladies and gentlemen!!! I hope you’re still enjoying SiNgLe MoMmY FiLeS! I appreciate your support whether you’re visiting for the first time or have been supporting since the beginning with “FiRsT StEpS.”

I realized that I had to give myself a quick mental break from all this talk about “LoVe UnCoMpLiCaTeD” and focus on something more significant than my life in all its “SiNgLeNeSs.” At such a vulnerable state (i.e. thee time of the month), it was starting to wear me down hence the post “CaTcH 22.”

What could be more notable than my emotional tug-o-war with my desire to be single….wait no, married…uh…maybe single again? MoMmYhOoD! Yes, I LOVE being TJ’s mom! It’s a responsibility I do Continue reading MommyHood: We Do What We Have To

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