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Single Mom Stimulus Grant

By Emma Johnson | Updated Aug. 3, 2020 (originally published Apr. 18, 2020) | Comments Off on Single Mom Stimulus Grant

I'm not sugar-coating this for you: Shit is real and it's going to get worse before it gets better.  Chances are you are either losing your mind trying to figure out how to work from home with kids around, or out of a job altogether and terrified about the future. You are not alone. I…

How to overcome negative messages and live a successful single mom life

Stereotypes that keep single moms broke, overwhelmed and alone

By Emma Johnson | Updated Aug. 3, 2020 (originally published Apr. 10, 2020) |

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. — Eleanor Roosevelt Being a single mom is hard—right? When people learn you're a single mom, is the pity automatic? “I don't know how you do it.” “You're amazing— must be so hard to do it all by yourself!” “It must be so hard for the…

What to do in a depression if you are living paycheck to paycheck

How to prepare for a recession in 2020 — 10 things to do now

By Emma Johnson | Updated Jun. 25, 2020 (originally published Apr. 5, 2020) |

It's official: We are in a 2020 recession — and likely depression. This post will help you prepare for a higher chance of unemployment, investment losses and general financial instability, help you if you are living paycheck-to-paycheck, and have trouble paying your bills. First: What is a recession? Is a recession coming? What is an…

Change your single mom money mindset, set a budget, save, invest, and get the insurance you know you need.

10 ways single moms can get their financial act together in 2020

By Emma Johnson | Updated Jul. 24, 2020 (originally published Jan. 6, 2020) |

Ready to get your finances together in the new year, single mama! Here is what you need to save, invest, find affordable insurance and hit all your income and money goals in 2019 and beyond!

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15 signs your husband or wife is ready to leave you

By Emma Johnson | Updated Aug. 3, 2020 (originally published Dec. 5, 2019) |

Is your spouse distant? Depressed? Are you worried your husband or wife is having an affair? Couples counseling may be the answer. But maybe your husband is ready to leave you. It is important to know the clues and be on the lookout for signs that your husband or wife wants to leave you. When…

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Life after divorce? You get a one-year pass to be a hot mess

By Emma Johnson | Updated Aug. 6, 2020 (originally published Apr. 15, 2020) |

Go ahead and get ugly. You're entitled for one year.  Over the summer I visited a longtime friend. As we sat at the beach, our kids playing nearby, I noticed her hair was uncharacteristically oily and snarly. Her unkempt bush was bursting out the crotch of her green tank suit, and her toddler son sat nearby,…

Online therapy via text, phone and video is used by millions. Low-cost and free options for therapy.

Best online therapy sites for 2020

By Emma Johnson | Updated Aug. 11, 2020 (originally published Jan. 13, 2020) |

Today millions of people receive the benefit of therapy online. There are several quality online therapy platforms, including free online therapy apps, as well as online therapy paid for by your insurance. The best online therapy apps help individuals, couples, teens and families with anxiety, depression, addiction, mommy issues, daddy issues, trauma, grief, divorce, parenting,…

How gold buyers work, the price of gold, and how to sell gold jewelry, and gold coins safely, online with legit buyers.

Where to sell gold (and tips to get the most cash)

By Emma Johnson | Updated Aug. 11, 2020 (originally published Apr. 9, 2020) |

Do you have old gold jewelry, gold coins, or dental scrap that you'd like to get rid of? Perhaps it's spring cleaning, cleansing after a breakup or you want to take advantage of the recent historically high gold prices. Where is the best place to sell your gold online? Quick takeaway: Our No. 1 recommended…

DIY divorce companies help you save time, money and stress.

Top 10 DIY online divorce companies (and when to consider online divorce)

By Emma Johnson | Updated Aug. 6, 2020 (originally published Feb. 5, 2020) |

Getting a traditional divorce with lawyers is time-consuming, stressful and expensive. Filing yourself, online, amiably, can save money, time, conflict, heartache, and drama. Divorce attorneys charge retainers of thousands of dollars, and hourly rates that start at $100 can go beyond $1,000 per hour. While divorce and family lawyers are needed in cases of high-conflict, custody…

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Dating coach: “Single moms are hot on the successful-men market”

By Emma Johnson | Updated Aug. 6, 2020 (originally published Jan. 16, 2020) |

I don't run many guests posts, but happened upon Elliot Scott, a dating coach who had a lot of really smart things to say about men and women and how we can relate better. And he has a lot of experience coaching — not to mention dating! — single moms. I love, love,  love his…

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Close the pay gap? Get dads involved? Shared visitation, no child support

By Emma Johnson | Updated Jun. 22, 2020 (originally published May. 23, 2018) |

In my work writing about women, money and family in the United States, there are two prevailing issues: Dads who do not live with their kids are barely involved. (Just 22% of dads who live apart from their children see them more than once weekly, per Pew.) That pay gap will. not. close. Here's the…

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Do you feel guilty for divorcing a nice guy?

By Emma Johnson | Updated Aug. 3, 2020 (originally published May. 24, 2019) |

Recently a mom emailed me: I feel so guilty for leaving my marriage. My husband is a really, really nice guy. He is a great dad, loves me a lot, has a good career. There was nothing really wrong with our marriage. I just didn't love him any more and wanted out.  Now, our divorce is…

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How to feel confident and sexy when you feel old, fat and gross

By Emma Johnson | Updated Aug. 10, 2020 (originally published Mar. 2, 2018) |

Recently a mom on one of our boards posted:  I feel frustrated by a theme that keeps coming up: Love yourself first and foremost and then love will be drawn into your life. HOW EXACTLY does one, who has highly developed neuropathways of “not good enough” transition to the “I love myself” place? I feel…