What every mom should ask for in divorce negotiations

By Emma Johnson | August 16, 2018 | 15 Comments

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.  Below is a list of what every woman should consider when settling her divorce. But first, some common divorce questions: If I divorce…

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Best places to sell your jewelry online

By Emma Johnson | August 14, 2018 | 4 Comments

Are online jewelers all scammers? Quick answer: No. There are some highly reputable companies that will help you sell your jewelry quickly, safely and for a fair price. More details: 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…

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Teach kids about money — in an age of no cash

By Emma Johnson | August 7, 2018 | 1 Comment

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 a paper check (remember those?!) to an organization,…

How to become a social media manager

By Holly Johnson | August 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

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. And…

GetDivorcePapers Review

By Holly Johnson | July 31, 2018 | 1 Comment

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. Related: Do you feel guilty for divorcing a nice guy? Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to file for divorce online if both you and your partner…

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Nolo Review: Should you do-it-yourself divorce?

By Emma Johnson | July 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

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…

Child identity theft is real and it can ruin their credit

By Emma Johnson | July 31, 2018 | 3 Comments

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…

Why “Nothing personal, but I don't want to date a single mom” is totally personal

By Emma Johnson | July 30, 2018 | 4 Comments

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…

Single moms need gigolos

By Emma Johnson | July 29, 2018 | 14 Comments

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…

Stop calling your kids all the time when they're with their dad

By Emma Johnson | July 27, 2018 | 37 Comments

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! …

The benefits of dating single dads

By Emma Johnson | July 23, 2018 | 7 Comments

A few years ago, I 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…

Facebook is my babydaddy

By Emma Johnson | July 23, 2018 | 13 Comments

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…

Why single moms should disclose their income in online dating

By Emma Johnson | July 19, 2018 | 1 Comment

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, I omitted my income on dating…

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A letter to my beautiful, beautiful, beautiful daughter

By Emma Johnson | July 16, 2018 | 35 Comments

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…


How to find quick, hidden money in divorce

By Emma Johnson | July 16, 2018 | 1 Comment

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…

A time management expert gave me a time makeover

By Emma Johnson | July 16, 2018 | 5 Comments

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…

Top 10 DIY divorce companies online

By Emma Johnson | July 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

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,…


Prosper Review: Is a personal loan right for you?

By Holly Johnson | July 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

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. Apply for a Prosper…

Co-parent like a pro

By Emma Johnson | July 5, 2018 | 19 Comments

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…

Getting an online DIY divorce with

By Holly Johnson | July 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

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…