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Hello! I’m Emma Johnson, a professional single mom like you. My goal is to help you build a full, awesome life as a single mom.

I’ve helped millions of mommas with career, money, business, parenting, feminism, dating, sex, success, love and relationships advice. You’re not in this alone!

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eHarmony review: is it really a place to find quality relationships?

“I’m thinking of trying online dating, but I have no idea where to start!” This is such a common challenge for single moms. While they may have been out of the dating market for years (or, face it: decades), or ready to try a new way to meet people, online dating is alluring. But, it…
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Fighting with your kids’ dad about holiday schedule? Do this ….

The holidays are so hard for divorced and separated families. They just are. Especially if you are new to sharing the kids on the holidays. You are grieving what you thought your family would look like. What you hoped and expected your family would look like. And so much of that image is wrapped up…
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How moms can practice financial self-care

  This post was created in partnership with the GM BuyPower Card®. Opinions are my own and do not reflect the views of General Motors or Capital One. For many women, money is a negative force, a source of fear and stress that permeates all parts of your life. Worried about paying your bills? That…
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How to start a blog & quickly earn $1,000/mo

  Not a week goes by when I don’t get asked “Emma, I want to start a blog. Can you give me some tips?” I am so flattered people see me as a successful blogger, and I am really proud of what I’ve accomplished. After all, just one month after launching Wealthysinglemommy.com in August 2012,…
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Clinical Research

How to become a clinical research coordinator

For better or worse medical care is big business. The upside for moms: there are endless employment opportunities to be found in both healthcare, and healthcare administration. One job that falls on the administrative side is the career of a clinical research coordinator. These workers can easily earn more than $100,000, and perform the bulk…
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Become a bookkeeper

How to become a bookkeeper

  If you love numbers and math and actually enjoy tracking data in spreadsheets, a career as a bookkeeper can be a great fit for moms — especially since these high-paying jobs are often available on a part-time basis, as a work-at home side gig. Some bookkeepers earn $60 per hour while working from home,…
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How to become a corporate event planner

Think back to the last “big” event you attended, whether it was a giant corporate holiday party, a convention for work, or an educational conference. If the event went as planned, it should have been a seamless experience with a perfectly tailored itinerary, a realistic schedule of events, and a general feeling of organization. These…
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What it’s really like to be the single mom of a special needs child

 Other ways to listen: iTunes  ♦  Stitcher   ♦  TuneIn   ♦  SoundCloud ♦ Google Play While the numbers are not confirmed, experts agree that divorce rates among parents with special needs children is far higher than the general population. And since single moms of special needs kids have challenges and joys that other moms  — single or otherwise…
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6 reasons why women need life insurance more than men

Women need life insurance more than men do, yet we are less likely to be covered. According to the Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association, 56% of women and 62% of men had life insurance coverage in 2016 — down from 57% and 61%, respectively, 6 years prior. Why is that? According to LIMRA, above, women…
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HavenLife Review: A policy change saved this mom $7,670

After my oldest was born, her dad and I proudly made sure we ticked every prescribed financial item on the universal to-do list, including life insurance: Open a 529 college savings account — CHECK! Have six-months cash savings so I could scale back my business to part-time and stay home with her (since he made…
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How to become a coder (high paying and you can work from home)

  Whether they go by the title coder, developer, software engineer, hacker, or programmer, those who can help create computer programs, apps, sites or systems are in hot demand — and you can earn a high salary writing code without a formal education. Bloomberg calls the software development job market “the highest demand market in…
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Beth Kobliner: How to make your kid a money genius (even if you’re not!)

 Other ways to listen: iTunes  ♦  Stitcher   ♦  TuneIn   ♦  SoundCloud ♦ Google Play Beth Kobliner is a celebrity in my nerd world: One of the first journalists covering personal finances for the masses for 30 years, Kobliner wrote the New York Times bestseller, Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance In Your Twenties and Thirties that changed the way that…
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How to become a grant writer

If you have a background in writing or journalism and researching companies and initiatives is your idea of fun, a career in grant writing could be for you. You may be able to work in this field part-time, on the side, without quitting other work you love, and many grant writers even work in a…
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Credit cards can help improve your finances? Yes!

  This post was created in partnership with the GM BuyPower Card®. Opinions are my own and do not reflect the views of General Motors or Capital One. Credit cards can get a bad rap. But if used responsibly, plastic can be an awesome tool that can help you keep track of your expenses, stay…
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Working Moms Mean Business: A podcast series for badass mothers

Table of Contents How to make your office a mom-friendly business Why are moms suddenly dropping out of the workforce? How to pay for child care without going broke Rachel Cruze: #blessed vs. BLESSED and getting money RIGHT How moms can build a killer business AND be awesome parents Are breadwinning moms good for families?…
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Have you ever heard a man say he feels guilty for going to work? [har har har] However, I guarantee you have felt guilty as woman for working.  Whether or not you are a mom, caregiver, mom to a fur baby. Single or married, gay or straight.

How working mom guilt holds you back in career, money and life

Other ways to listen: iTunes  ♦  Stitcher   ♦  TuneIn   ♦  SoundCloud ♦  Google Play   Have you ever heard a man say he feels guilty for going to work? [har har har] However, I guarantee you have felt guilty as woman for working.  Whether or not you are a mom, caregiver, mom to a fur baby. Single or married, gay…
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How to become a child care provider (or nanny)

  Child care has become increasingly expensive for American families, so much so that 33 percent are now spending 20 percent or more of their annual household income on care for their children. That figure comes courtesy of the 2018 Care.com Cost of Care Survey, which also revealed that the average weekly cost of care…
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How single moms can pay off debt for good in 14 easy steps

  Are you a single mom who wants to pay off debt for GOOD? If you live with consumer debt, you are not alone. According to U.S. Federal Reserve data U.S. households have on average $15,863 in credit card debt and $33,090 in student loans, while the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports that a full 52…
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Free-Range Kids’ Lenore Skenazy: “Kids are over-parented and here’s the answer”

Other ways to listen: iTunes  ♦  Stitcher   ♦  TuneIn   ♦  SoundCloud ♦  Google Play   For the past 10 years Free-Range Kids’ Lenore Skenazy,  New York City journalist and mom of two, has been taking one for the team. The Free-Range Kids author and blog founder has been on a one-woman mission to give kids back the freedom and autonomy they…
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6 steps to take to protect your credit in divorce or breakup

Thanks to Capital One for sponsoring this post. Divorce or a breakup with a live-in partner can be one of the most vulnerable times in life — including when it comes to your credit score and online identity. Unfortunately, it is often too late to learn that significant funds are missing from your shared account,…
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Best online therapy sites for moms

  If you told me eight years ago I could find a licensed psychologist to come to my apartment in New York City for less than $150 and without spending months on a waiting list, I would have spit my latte right in your face. Today, though, it’s a different story – the utopian dream…
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37 reasons all moms need $1,000 in a savings account in her own name (and how to find it)

  This post is sponsored by CIT Bank. If I have one goal in this lifetime, it is to help women see the connection between their financial security, and their personal power. When you have a strong income and earning potential, you make better decisions about your romantic relationships — dating men not who will pay…
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Why shared parenting is so great for kids – and for moms!

 Other ways to listen: iTunes  ♦  Stitcher   ♦  TuneIn   ♦  SoundCloud ♦  Google Play After one meeting with my ex and our lawyers to negotiate the custody agreement of our divorce, I went home, busted out the calculator, and cried. I freaked out at the idea of being away from my kids for extended hours or days, and I…
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Don’t hold yourself back to get more child support and spite your ex

  Don’t hold yourself back to get more child support and spite your ex I hear from women who want to game the system, not earn too much so their child support or alimony payments won’t be compromised. I also hear from women who pay their ex support and alimony, and they, too, limit themselves…
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How to become a graphic designer

  If you have a flair for creativity, artistic skill, and great communication ability, a career in graphic design could be a great and lucrative career. The field of graphic design is responsible for creating the visual effects and concepts that sell products and inspire consumers. Examples include logos, websites, signs, book covers, packages — pretty…
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Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe: 40 y/o men are ready to commit; Dating advice for recently divorced

In this episode, I interview Tinder co-founder and Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe whose insights on dating have me floored. For example, she confirms my hunch that men age 40 are ripe for the picking — they’re accomplished and ready for a cozy relationship. Listen up, ladies! Also, I help a follower Lisa, in Phoenix, navigate dating after…
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Simplify your finances and reach your goals!

  This post was created in partnership with the GM BuyPower Card®. Opinions are my own and do not reflect the views of General Motors or Capital One. If you are stressed about your money, chances are that you are also financially unorganized, whether you regularly fail to stick to a budget (or maybe you…
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Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger on successful women finding love, her abortion and why college women should freeze their eggs

  On Like a Mother with Emma Johnson, I interviewed Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger who recently launched the audio coaching program, “The Single Girls’ Handbook,” and her wine, P.S. Match, and is author of four books, including Become Your Own Matchmaker. My No. 1 question? How can successful women find love. We also talk about her abortion…
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How to become a virtual assistant

Having children can put a damper on your career in more ways than one. Not only do women tend to lose out on career advancement opportunities each time they take maternity leave, but it can be difficult to focus on work when you’re juggling doctor’s appointments, lessons, and sports activities year-round. For that reason and…
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Work at home jobs for moms

Best work-from-home jobs for single moms

I have been a work at home freelance writer and media professional for the past 15 years. There is no way that I could manage my family life, business, and personal care without the flexibility my WAH schedule affords me. Since becoming a mom eight years ago, I have felt so grateful that I have…
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Should you sell your engagement ring (or wedding band) after divorce?

I had a really spectacular engagement ring. It wasn’t that it was huge or particularly expensive. It was unique — the 24-carat yellow gold band consisted of a half-dozen hand-hammered connected spheres, each centered with a very nice diamond. It was totally my style, and it got lots of attention (which is also my style).…
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She felt alone, afraid and broke as a single mom – so she started helping other single moms

Nadia Wiseman found herself struggling when she left an unsafe relationship: struggling to to pay rent for herself and her now-5-year-old son. Struggling to find direction for her newly single life. Struggling to find other women who could relate in her city of Montreal, Canada. While she found ways to refocus her education and skills…
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Sell Tiffany Jewelry (and make extra cash)

  Women love Tiffany jewelry. A recent survey of nearly 8,000 consumers ranks Tiffany and Co. jewelry as having the highest ratings for luxury, as defined by measures including product quality, product distinctiveness, brand heritage, enduring appeal, status, exclusivity, and a feel-good factor. After all, Holly Golightly wasn’t enamored with the famed breakfast spot for…
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Online diamond buyers

Are you ready to let go of the past, declutter, and make a pretty profit? Of course, you are. Here’s what I want you to do: Take a walk into your bedroom, open your jewelry box, and find that one piece of jewelry collecting dust at the bottom. Maybe it’s a pair of untouched chandelier earrings…
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OnlineDivorce.com Review

The decision to file for divorce is one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Not only are you changing your family dynamic, but there are financial implications to consider as well. Still, we all know that divorce is sometimes inevitable — no matter how much we wish things were different. Even when you want your marriage…
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DivorceWriter.com Review

Not everyone needs a painful, drawn-out divorce. If the breakup was fairly amicable and you’ve agreed who gets what, you and your partner may not want to “lawyer up” and take on the costs of hiring a full legal team. In the case of an uncontested divorce, there’s a much simpler path to consider —…
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Wealthfront review: Is a robo-advisor right for you?

There’s a reason robo-advisors are popular among savvy investors and the self-employed. These online companies use special software to manage your investment accounts on your behalf. Robo-advisors, and the computers that run them, have proven to be less expensive, and better investors than humans. Robo-advisors also tend to be easy to use, mostly because they…
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JustAnswer Review

Have you ever wished you could get real answers from an expert without having to go through the hassle, time cost and stress of hiring them in a traditional sense? Maybe you have a leak in your roof and think you could fix it yourself (and save a ton of money), but worry you actually…
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Why single parents should put their kids second when dating

  I meet most men that I date online. What do you look for when dating a man with kids? It’s very common for guys with kids to write in their eharmony.com profiles: “My kids come first,” or “My daughter is the center of my world!” I get where you’re coming from. You want a potential…
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Things to ask for in a divorce

What every mom should ask for in divorce negotiations

Divorce and custody negotiations are stressful. How do you know what things to ask for in divorce? It’s easy to want to plow through negotiations as quickly as possible. Slow your roll.  Here is a list of what every woman should consider when settling her divorce. What should a woman ask for in a divorce…
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Best places to sell your jewelry online

Do you have fine, unworn jewelry or watches cluttering your jewelry box, or safety security box? Maybe you have a diamond engagement ring or other bridal jewelry from a relationship that ended. Many people inherit necklaces, earrings, brooches and watches from loved ones — items that may have complicated emotions attached, no matter how lovely or…
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Teach kids about money — in an age of no cash

Thanks to Capital One for sponsoring this post. In my day, even if your parents didn’t explicitly teach you about personal finance, money lessons were inherent to life: Allowance and babysitting jobs were paid in cash. Savings accounts meant coins and wadded-up singles deposited into piggy banks and the local bank branch. Charity meant writing…
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How to become a social media manager

  While businesses once relied on major media to advertise their products or services, the internet ushered in a new era that changed how marketing works. Instead of paying for radio and print newspaper or magazine ads as the bulk of their strategy, most businesses today turn to social media to get the word out.…
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GetDivorcePapers Review

Most people who get married never imagine they’ll file for divorce someday. However, we all know that many relationships run their course — and that divorce is becomes inevitable. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to file for divorce online if both you and your partner are in agreement on the terms of your divorce and…
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Nolo Review: Should you do-it-yourself divorce?

Here are two facts: Fact 1: The divorce-complex is designed to make your breakup far more contentious than it probably needs to be, and lots of people make a ton of money from that reality. Think about it: Your lawyer (and your ex’s lawyer) has ever financial incentive to create drama and conflict in this…
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Child identity theft is real and it can ruin their credit

This post is sponsored post by Lexington Law Firm. Even if you are diligent about protecting your identity and credit online, your children can be at grave risk. A report from Javelin Strategy & Research found that in 2017, more than 1 million U.S. children were victims of identity theft, resulting in $2.6 billion in…
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Why “Nothing personal, but I don’t want to date a single mom” is totally personal

Way back at the beginning of my single mom dating shenanigans I fell in love with an older man. My kids were 1 and 3, his were in college. A few months in, I broke it off over a boozy Italian dinner. “Face it,” I said. “You don’t want to be running around with little…
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Single moms need gigolos

If I had a nickel for every time I said, “We don’t whine in this family!” I could afford to hire a gigolo for a few hours. This guy wouldn’t pole dance or get freaky on me. He’d give me a goddamn hug and cook me a reasonably nutritious meal and listen to me go…
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Stop calling your kids all the time when they’re with their dad

I wrote this last year, and am republishing it now in light that this summer season has many of us spending long stretches away from our kids, including me. What do you think? Do you talk to your kids every day when they are with their dad? Why? Or why not? Share in the comments! …
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Someone important wrote a book & included my story about making money as a single mom

I’ve been friends with time management expert and author Laura Vanderkam for a long time. We used to be part of an informal group of young mom writers in New York who would get together once a month for dinner and wine, and gab over soothing irritable babies and editors alike. I don’t see her…
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The benefits of dating single dads

I recently went out a couple of times with a single dad whose daughter happens to be the same age as mine. We spent our first date talking about our kids and the challenges of parenting — and realizing we have a lot in common. For example, we both feel perfectly satisfied having spent our upbringings …
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Facebook is my babydaddy

I don’t have a husband. I have Facebook. As a single mom, there are lots and lots of things that I can handle really, really well. I run the house, make all the meals (mostly from scratch, I’m proud to say). I own a small business that does well enough to support us – with…
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A tribute to my ex-husband’s hairy back — and to my kids

The past few months Helena has been obsessed with family stories. “Mommy, tell me a story about when I was  a baby,” she’ll ask, and I’ll tell her about how once, as a sleeping infant, her laugh broke the pin-drop silence of one of New York Public Library’s reading rooms, eliciting a symphony of chuckles.…
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Why single moms should disclose their income in online dating

  Should you include your income in your online dating profile? I have been of two minds on this question — and came to the conclusion: Yes. After a divorce, I’ve been single for five years, actively dating for four. When I first ventured out into the new-again world romance, first on Match.com, later on OKCupid,…
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How to get out of a rut

Other ways to listen: iTunes  ♦  Stitcher   ♦  TuneIn   ♦  SoundCloud ♦  Google Play In this episode, I discuss being in a rut — and getting OUT. Reinvigorating your life does not require dramatic change – it can be as simple as switching up your schedule, your surroundings, your routine, and your mindset. It’s a chance to recreate some aspect of…
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A letter to my beautiful, beautiful, beautiful daughter

Originally posted 2013 Dear Helena, One day when you were a baby, Aunt Tina and I were smooching all over you. After all, what’s better than kissing a baby – all that smooth, perfect skin, those rolls of fat, all that love that just oozes out of them? Kisses and kisses and kisses. “We’re giving…
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How to find quick, hidden money in divorce

If you’re looking for sneaky or aggressive ways to shake money from your soon-to-be ex, click off this post and look elsewhere. But if you’re going through a divorce, and are stressed about money, keep reading. And if you ARE going through a divorce, or are divorced, there is a very good chance that financial…
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A time management expert gave me a time makeover

My world was rocked by a recent New York Times piece about Mary Wells Lawrence, the iconic 1960s female advertising exec on whom Mad Men’s Peggy is roughly based. Yeah, it was pretty cool that this chick from Ohio blew into New York and started an ad agency in 1966 that billed $39 million in…
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Free dinner for single moms?

A few months ago I attended a little dinner party to celebrate my then-boyfriend’s birthday. The scene: two couples at a known Greenwich Village Italian restaurant where the food is about 62 percent as good as the pricetag would suggest, but the remaining 38 percent can be justified by the frequent celebrity sightings and the…
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How women can get the raise they deserve

If you have XX chromosomes, chances are you stink at negotiating. Women are far less likely to ask for a higher starting salary when taking a job, far less likely to ask for a raise and if we do request a pay bump, women ask for far less than men do, according to Sara Laschever…
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Top 10 DIY divorce companies online

Getting a traditional divorce — you know, with lots of lawyers and fighting — can be incredibly time consuming and cost prohibitive.  Think about it: Not only do you have to pay an attorney, lawyer, mediator, and court fees, you also have to consider the lost time at work, the cost of childcare, extra transportation,…
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How credit repair companies work

This post is sponsored by Lexington Law Firm No matter what you do, others will judge you. Normally, that shouldn’t matter. But when it comes to credit scores, the people doing the judging tend to have a lot of impact on our financial, professional and even personal lives. Fair or not, your credit score and history…
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Prosper Review: Is a personal loan right for you?

One of the biggest names in the loan business is Prosper, which claims to have approved more than 700,000 people for loans since its 2005 launch. Prosper offers personal loans at low rates, and have topped “best of” lists for the last several years for pioneering the peer-to-peer lending business model. Peer-to-peer lending, also known…
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Co-parent like a pro

Co-parenting is the future, and the future is now. Science is 100 percent behind collaborative co-parenting. It is not divorce or separated families that harms children — but conflict between parents, which studies have found leads to fathers being marginalized in the family, and distancing themselves partly or completely from the kids’ lives. Related: What to…
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Getting an online DIY divorce with CompleteCase.com

Divorce is big business, but that doesn’t mean it always has to cost big bucks. Obviously, divorce sucks — even when it brings a sense of relief. But that doesn’t mean every couple who decides to call the whole thing off has to go out kicking, cursing and throwing lamps at the wall. If divorce…
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How to run a single mom household like a boss

  Running a household as a single mom can be challenging. But with the right tools, organization, and support, you can become exceptionally efficient when it comes to managing day-to-day tasks. Because let’s get real: YOU DON’T HAVE A CHOICE! By using apps, outsourcing, budgeting, and automating, you can organize your busy life regardless of…
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Rocket Lawyer Review: Get Legal Help and Documents for Cheap

Most lawyers require a retainer up front and an hourly rate of $200, $300, $500 or more per hour. These costs can be a real barrier for people who need legal help, especially individuals who are navigating a legal crisis, facing divorce, or starting a business with limited funds. Fortunately, technology has made it easier…
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9 reasons dating is better as a single mom

Through my circle of friends and single moms I meet through this blog, I often hear cries of horror about the thought of single mom dating. Especially if you have kids. What man in his right mind would consider dating a single mom? I can’t imagine getting out there again! My single-mom body is a wreck and…
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101 legit ways to make money right now (mostly from home)

Who doesn’t need more money? If you’re not up for selling an organ on the black market or dabbling in illicit activity, income on the side is easier to find than ever before, thanks to the burgeoning freelance economy and the technology that supports it. Keep reading to learn how you can bring in some fast…
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3 Step Divorce Review: Is DIY divorce right for you?

Not every marriage has to end in an expense court brawl. If you’re ready to divorce, you’re both on relatively good terms, and don’t have complicated assets, there’s a good chance you can split up without the big to-do – and hefty price tag – of a traditional divorce. Thankfully there are quality services that…
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A review of My Divorce Papers (DIY divorce online)

One of the biggest downsides to divorce – other than, hello, it’s divorce – is the major amount of effort that goes into making it happen. Life is hard enough as it is without factoring in the exorbitant amount of time, work, heartache, and serious money that divorce requires. My Divorce Papers is a site…
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LegalZoom-Wevorce Review: DIY online divorce

Divorce is more or less always atrocious. But it doesn’t always have to be a knock-down drag-out legal brawl, either. Many times, people getting divorced don’t have a lot of animosity toward one another, and an easy separation process can keep it that way. That’s the appeal of online divorce services, which can save you…
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How to sell your bracelet online for the highest price

Do you have a fine bracelet that you no longer wear? A piece of jewelry that you know has value, but you no longer like — or perhaps was a gift or heirloom that holds bad memories? Or maybe you just need the money, and prefer to unload the item? Lucky for you, there are…
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Blooom Review: Get help growing your 401(k)

Have you ever wondered if you could secure greater returns with your employer-sponsored retirement account? Not sure where to go for help? Afraid professional assistance will be expensive — or shady? Feel stupid for not knowing a lot about investing? Read: How to start investing for women  Take a look at Blooom — a robo-advisor…
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How to manifest money, success and love, with Denise Duffield-Thomas

Other ways to listen: iTunes  ♦  Stitcher   ♦  TuneIn   ♦  SoundCloud ♦  Google Play This is a replay of an episode from a couple of years ago – because it’s just. That. Good. A few months ago I was complaining to friend and Like a Mother guest and business Jenn Scalia about feeling stalled in my career. “I can’t work…
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3 times you 100% should pay for credit repair

This post about credit repair was sponsored by Lexington Law Firm. While you are legally entitled to access your credit history and repair any errors and mistakes, sometimes it makes sense to get out your credit card and pay for it! Examples: You need to buy a new car ASAP, and want to make sure…
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Should you use Getaround car rental service? A Getaround review

One of the most exciting developments in tech and the economy is the ability for pretty much anyone to make money with stuff they already have. Rent a room in your house with Airbnb. Make money with your spare time and car with Uber and Lyft. Getaround is another incredible way to make money with very…
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How to sell your old watch online

A good watch is effortlessly classy. There’s something so empowering about wearing a bold, stylish timepiece on your wrist when you sit down for a meeting or head into an interview – or on a date, a watch makes you look like a total badass. But that same watch — or another one, that doesn’t…
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Why single moms don’t get to celebrate Father’s Day

Plenty of memes going around Facebook giving Father’s Day shout-outs to single moms who “do it all.” Make your way down the card isle and you will come across Hallmark’s cards, they have a half-dozen designed celebrating moms on this day. Cards read: “Happy Father’s Day, Mom!” “Mom: You’re the best! Thanks for being both…
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Stockpile Review: Give the gift of stock

Are you tired of giving the kids in your life useless gifts that end up in the trash? Would you rather help them learn valuable financial and investing lessons that can last a lifetime? If so, check out Stockpile — an innovative investing platform that lets you purchase stock gift cards that represent fractional shares…
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Make money and do good at the same time

  Other ways to listen: iTunes  ♦  Stitcher   ♦  TuneIn   ♦  SoundCloud ♦  Google Play Making money and serving others — these two things are NOT mutually exclusive. That you must chose one or the other is a historically female message: That it’s OK to be broke, because we’re serving others. That the corporate world is exploitive, evil, greedy, and…
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Tips for dating a single mom (12 things NOT to say)

I go out with single dads and childless men alike, and some of the latter admit (while others appear) to be uncertain about the logistics of dating a single mom. On one hand, Dude, we are just like other women! Proceed as normal!  ==> See below: 12 things never to say to a single mom on…
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Lending Club Review: The best site for investors and personal loans?

Lending Club promises two things: For investors: Higher rates of return than savings accounts, or most mutual funds (because typically those are really lousy). For borrowers: Lower rates than credits cards and personal loans (which can be really lousy). What is Lending Club? Lending Club is a decade-old, publicly traded fin-tech company that promises to…
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Single mom teaches families how to travel with kids

Other ways to listen: iTunes  ♦  Stitcher   ♦  TuneIn   ♦  SoundCloud ♦  Google Play Elmeka Henderson: Helping single moms travel with kids In this episode I interview Elmeka Henderson, creator of blog Adventures in Raising a Vagabond. When Elmeka started traveling with travel groups, she found that many didn’t allow kids. She began taking her son abroad on her own…
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Dating coach: “Single moms are hot on the successful-men market”

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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Ladies, please post honest pics on your online dating profile, OK?

My friend Marc — a single dad my age — and I like to share dating war stories. Recently, he giddily kept me posted on the pre-first-date chemistry he shared with a woman he met online. “Extremely promising,” he texted me. “We talk every night on the phone and it is frightening how much we…
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The one thing you can do today to help close the pay gap

 I keep hearing the same story again and again from professionally successful women. Variations on: My grandma told me: “Always have your own money.” It could be a mother, aunt, neighbor, Girl Scout leader, teacher, cousin, mentor or favorite coach. What to teach girls about money An older, respected woman looked her straight in the eye,…
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Freedom Debt Relief Review: Is it a good way to consolidate your debt?

Debt happens — often out of what feels like an absolute necessity at the moment. Maybe you broke out that emergency credit card for car repairs, thinking you’d pay it off way before the interest kicked in, only to have your best-laid plans foiled by life. Before you know it (sick dogs, sick kids, fewer…
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SoFi Review: The Cadillac of personal loans and student loan refinancing

Landing a personal or student loan with SoFi is a little like getting into the Ivy League of personal loans: typically you have a six-figure income and credit score of at least 660, and then get invited to happy hours and other events in major cities. The real benefit to Sofi is very competitive loans,…
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15 financial steps to a rich life as a single mom

It’s no one’s Plan A. But being a single mom does not mean you’re destined for the welfare line, free school lunches for your kids, or living in your parents’ basement. The first step is to convince yourself that your new life will be one that is full, joyous and financially rich. For some people, it can…
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Why post-divorce rebound relationships hurt so damn bad

Eighteen months after my marriage ended, I jumped into a heady, sexually intense year-long relationship with a fellow writer and parent who was 20 years older than I was. In hindsight, it was no surprise it ended — his kids were grown, mine were tiny, our lives were at different points. But that did not…
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Sell your wedding dress? Yep — here’s how …

  You’re divorced (or the engagement got called off). What do you do? Sell your wedding dress?! After all, it’s not like you’re going to wear it again! (Though single mom Kaytlin said she dyed hers red and made it into a cocktail dress!) The big mistake I see women make when it comes to…
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How to make cash by selling your old earrings online

Let’s do a little exercise: Picture your jewelry box, jewelry bowl, jewelry stand, box of older jewelry in your closet or safety box, where ever you keep yours. Now, try to picture each pair of earrings. When’s the last time you actually had an occasion to wear huge dangly gold hoops? Perhaps you’ve got an…
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Types of investing accounts

Investing in the future is always a smart move, but that doesn’t mean deciding where to invest your money is easy. In fact, it is complicated. There are more than 30,000 mutual funds, more than 8,000 individual stocks — and tens of thousands of financial advisors more than happy to charge you fees to help…
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Close the pay gap? Get dads involved? Shared visitation, no child support

  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…
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Dating as a single mom is the same as dating as a teenager

  Sunday morning I had brunch with my brother Josh and sister-in-law Susan. They’re in their early 30s, don’t have kids, stay out late, and sleep in on weekends. In other words: They’re normal. Susan grilled me about my date from the night before while my little brother pretended he’d lost his hearing. “We went…
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Make money selling your necklace online

Ever considered selling your necklace online? Remember that pearl necklace your ex bought you years ago as a last-minute anniversary gift? How about that diamond necklace you picked out for your 30th birthday? Whether you choose to admit it or not, jewelry often carries a strong emotional bond with it – for better or for…
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#LikeAMother: Homework hurts kids and families, just say NO to overparenting

Other ways to listen: iTunes  ♦  Stitcher   ♦  TuneIn   ♦  SoundCloud ♦ Google Play Oh man, when I read Heather Shumaker’s essay in Salon Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework, I reached out to her immediately. In her excellent article, Shumaker articulates exactly what I have been grumbling about (and fighting…
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How to buy your first car as a grown-ass woman

I recently read this post in my Facebook group, Millionaire Single Moms, and it made me feel all the good feels: At 40 years of age this happened today: I purchased my first car on my own — no male input, no ex-husband choosing which car, no parents weighing in on my choice… this beautiful…
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Mother’s Day: What you should REALLY be doing

Other ways to listen: iTunes  ♦  Stitcher   ♦  TuneIn   ♦  SoundCloud ♦ Google Play In this episode, I discuss: What you should REALLY be doing for Mother’s Day. (Hint: It’s not church and brunch!) Why my Mother’s Day plans don’t involve my kids – and why that’s perfectly fine Ideas for a perfect Mother’s Day celebration of your own Define this…
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