The demands on single moms’ time and emotional resources are far greater than many other demographics, and our financial resources – at least initially following a divorce – are far less. Which means we need to be as efficient as possible. I outsource all my laundry. My lovely housekeeper Sandra visits every week. And I bask in the flexibility my home-based freelance writing career affords my family.
But what is less evident in this system are the less tangible resources that it takes to raise children – and paramount in this diagram is the required emotional support. Everyone needs emotional buttressing: and as a single mom I must consciously find ways to get that support in order to fill my own emotional well, a topic I explored on the blog of LauraVanderkam.com. Laura’s new book is What the Most Successful People Do at Work: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Career, out Tuesday.
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