#LikeAMother: Single mom money manifesto


Listen. Take Note. Repeat.

And, if you're word-learned like me, you can read it:

I will set big, giant scary goals for myself and family, regardless of what my family looks like, or what other people think I am capable of.

I appreciate every single day that I live in a time of unprecedented wealth and opportunity for women, and it is my duty to achieve both to honor the people who fought for me to have these opportunities, as well as for those who come after me.

I accept responsibility for my own financial well being.

I might not have it all figured out right now, but I am taking steps to be debt free, financially independent, and with a financial plan for the future.

I will never chose to under-earn in order to maximize receipt of child support, alimony or public benefits.

I will never under-earn to minimize paying child support or alimony.

I will take steps to minimize working mom guilt, instead deferring to extensive research that finds that after age 3, the number of hours moms spend with their kids does not impact their development, and actively thwart peer pressure that assumes that the stay-at-home mom is the better mom, because all science finds to the contrary.

I will take big and calculated (and some not-so-calculated) risk. Because that is the only way to grow and change — financially, professionally and personally.

I will seek without guilt or shame work that is exciting, creative and fulfilling.

I will never minimize my professional success — in actuality or perception — in order to appear attractive to men.

I relish that I am role model of earning and professional success for my children. Also, for other women and moms.

I give back. Even — especially — when I feel like I don’t have any more to give, I remember that I can give to others, and that gives me strength.

I accept help. I’m just one woman, I am vulnerable, and I can’t do everything on my own (that would be insane).

I will stumble, fail, eff stuff up in the worst way. Then get back up and go for it again.

I’m never, ever, ever, ever, ever entitled. Ever!

I am capable of so, so much more than I limit myself to. I open myself up to the amazing and impossible.


About Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson is a veteran money journalist, noted blogger, bestselling author and an host of the award-winning 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, Oprah.com, U.S. News, Parenting, USA Today and others. Her #1 bestseller, The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), was named to the New York Post's ‘Must Read” list.Emma regularly comments on issues of modern families, gender equality, divorce, sex and motherhood for outlets like CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, CNBC, NPR, TIME, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Doctors. She was named Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web,” “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and a “Most Eligible New Yorker” by New York Observer.A popular speaker, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality. Read more about Emma here.


  1. Mopelola Gloria Adeyeye on June 29, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I love you Emma,

    I love your blog and articles been listening since.
    I found you about a month ago, while looking for similar blogs… Omg! You are a gourmet single mom site, yummy, Wealthy Single Mommy is definetly appropriate.
    I’m a new blogger, slowly building my blog (with way too many passions), I am now proudly owning the fact that I am a passion for side hustle Single Mom who loves talking on relationships, thank you for boosting my audacity to do this.

    Mopelola Gloria

    • Emma on July 3, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Ha – what a wonderful note! “You are a gourmet single mom site, yummy, Wealthy Single Mommy is definetly appropriate.” makes me smile – big-time!

    • Sky on July 5, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      Couldn’t Agree with Emma more…..I’m a single dad of four and share equal custody and responsibilities . I don’t think it a matter of putting kids or significant other first…it should be a matter of controlling your life and not letting your kids control it out of guilt or fear of the outcomes. I will do anything for my kids and equally anything for the woman I love…and I believe the best way to do that is live honestly with all of them equally.

      • Emma Johnson on July 6, 2016 at 9:47 am

        Appreciate this! thanks for chiming in ….

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