On the single mom to-do list: Hang out with adults

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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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3 thoughts on “On the single mom to-do list: Hang out with adults

  1. I really enjoyed reading your post and appreciate your website name so much! I am a 46 year old single working mom and have been on my own for almost ten years. I left my ex-husband when my daugher was 11 months old and my son was 3. It wasn’t an easy decision but knew it had to be done because I wanted to be happy and make a happy life for myself and my children. I felt liberated when I made the decision and knew I had support from friends and family and have never looked back.

    Thank you for such an honest expression of your story, I share many of the same stories and look forward to creating many more in the future.

    1. Thanks for this – I hear again and again how women make the decision to leave fulfilling or toxic marriages to find happiness for the whole family. I think it is often these unhappy relationships with good people that are the hardest to leave, because there isn’t an overt reason of abuse, addiction, etc., to justify it.

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