About Emma

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Hello! My name is Emma Johnson and my goal is to help you build a full, awesome life as a single mom.

I started Wealthysinglemommy.com when I realized a huge need for community, information and inspiration for women like me:

Professional single moms.

Immediately after launching in 2012, tens of thousands of women every month started visiting, commenting and connecting on Wealthysinglemommy.com. The media started calling. Something special was going on.

There is an unprecedented number of women parenting alone. We’re not going away. There are 10 million U.S. unmarried moms heading families, and 57 percent of births to millennial moms were outside of marriage. For the first time in history it is very possible for unmarried women to raise amazing, healthy children while also building wildly successful businesses and careers – and enjoy dating and the pursuit of romantic love. I’m one of them. So are you. But moms like you don’t always feel like they fit in. So they come here.

This single mom business is not easy. On the tough days it is stressful, exhausting and lonely. But life as a single mom can be brilliantly fulfilling – even if you don’t stay a single mom forever (hello, dating!). I am here to help single moms like you build an amazing family, career and love life.

Bestselling single mom book author

In 2017, Penguin published my The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest Self, and Raise Fabulous, Happy ChildrenIt hit Amazon’s #1 bestseller list, was named by the New York Post as a ‘Smart, Must-Read’ and got shout-outs in more than 150 media outlets.

Get The Kickass Single Mom on Amazon, including ebook and audio (I narrate, babe!).

I am also the author of the #1 bestseller, 30-Day Kickass Single Mom Money Makeover, also on Amazon.

Here I am on The Doctors promoting the book:

Emma Johnson in the media

I have been in the media hundreds of times, as a journalist and expert on single parent topics. As an expert, I have been invited to write op-eds for the New York Times, profiled in the New York Post and appeared on CNN, Headline News, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, U.S. News, Inc., MONEY magazine, TIME magazine, CBS Marketwatch, Woman’s Day, NPR, Fox&Friends, Oprah.com, Jenny McCarthy Radio, and hundreds of others.

Awards and shout-outs include:

  • Parents magazine named Wealthysinglemommy ‘Best of the Web.’
  • New York Observer named me to its “9 Most Eligible Singles” list.
  • My podcast, Like a Mother, was named by U.S. News as a ‘Top Personal Finance Podcast.’

A few articles of note:

Oprah.com: 3 Keys to Thriving Financially as a Single Mom

Money magazine: Financial Advice from a Single Mom

New York Times invited me to write an op-ed on working parents. The newspaper also covered my book party

U.S. News: Self-care for Single Moms

Here I am on Fox & Friends, where I am frequent (liberal) commentator on parenting issues (do you like my ‘Bitch, please’ face?):

My single mom journey

emma johnson single momMy name is Emma Johnson. I’m a single mom. I’m a bunch of other things, too. I’m a mom-mom. I’m a writer, journalist, business owner, small-town Midwesterner, New Yorker, world traveler, homebody, cook, friend, neighbor and woman.  I love to bike, run, dance, and do yoga (though inside I’ll always be that fat kid in gym class). I’ve been broke and I’ve figured out how to make a good living. I’ve felt ugly and gross, and I’ve felt wildly attractive. Some days I’m sure I’m the worst mom in the world, but my kids are so awesome, I must be doing something right.

If you’re here, you have a story. Here’s the short version of mine:

My husband and I had a stable if contentious relationship. We were those typical, ecstatic first-time parents. That first year of my daughter’s life was my happiest. Then, when she was 14 months old, my husband went on a work trip to Greece. My phone rang. His boss was on the line. My husband had fallen off a cliff. It’s serious, he said. My daughter and I jumped on the first flight to Athens. He had a brain injury. Nearly killed him. My ex-husband is perhaps the strongest person I know. If you know about brain injuries, you know people are never the same, even when their recovery is — by all doctors’ measures — miraculous.

A month later he came home. He was angry before. We fought before. Now it was impossible. Then I got pregnant again. Then he left. I had a second baby, a gorgeous boy.

I’d always been into my career, ambitious. I grew up poor with a single mother. That shaped a lot of who I am, how I think about money. After a few years as a (poor-ish) newspaper reporter, I started working for myself as a freelance journalist and writer.  Self-employment was the most exciting, empowering thing I’d done. I figured out how to make money. The sky was the limit.

When my daughter was born in 2008, I’d cut down to 12 hours per week of work. Still made pretty good money, but not enough to live on. After separating, I got child support for a while, but that did not continue for long. I had to figure it out. And I did.

The past four years have been my hardest yet. And they have been the most wonderful. My kids are thriving. I found unexpected success and meaning in my creative and professional lives. And I have enjoyed dating and my body in ways I never imagined. I am at my strongest, my happiest, and in every sense of the word — my wealthiest.

Professional bio

Emma Johnson is a veteran money writer, noted blogger and an host of the podcast Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. A former Associated Press Financial Wire reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour, REAL SIMPLE, Parenting, Oprah.com, USA Today and others.

Her popular blog Wealthysinglemommy.com, and podcast Like a Mother, explore issues facing professional single moms: business and career, money, sex, relationships and parenting. Emma regularly comments on these topics for outlets such as CNN, Headline News, Wall Street Journal, Fox&Friends CNBC, NPR, TIME, O, The Oprah Magazine, Woman's Day, The Doctors, and many more. She was named Parents magazine's "Best of the Web," one of “20 Personal Finance Influencers to Follow on Twitter” by AOL DailyFinance, “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and "9 Overachieving New Yorkers You Must Date" by New York Observer.

A popular public speaker, she has addressed the United Nations on topics of gender equality.

Emma grew up in Sycamore, Ill., and lives in New York City with her young children, Helena and Lucas.

My articles about single motherhood

I have been a professional journalist since I began my career, starting in community newspapers, then at the Associate Press Financial Wire in New York City, then as a full-time business freelance journalist. Here are some places I have been published:

Oprah: 3 Keys to Surviving Financially as a Single Mom

Forbes: Why Does the $3T Travel Industry Discriminate Against Single Moms?

New York Times: On Snow Days, Help Parents Work From Home, Too

My monthly column for Success magazine, where I was  contributing editor for nearly a decade before the magazine’s closure

TIME: The Parenting Myth that Holds Women Back

U.S. News: Self-care for Single Moms

MindBodyGreen: 8 things you should never say to a single mom

Contact me

Via the contact page or emma at emma-johnson dot net

Work with me

Want to get together, get creative and make the world better? Some ways I have worked with brands, organizations and individuals on this page: Work with Emma