On the single mom to-do list: Hang out with adults


The demands on single moms’ time and emotional resources are far greater than many other demographics, and our financial resources – at least initially following a divorce – are far less. Which means we need to be as efficient as possible. I outsource all my laundry. My lovely housekeeper Sandra visits every week. And I bask in the flexibility my home-based freelance writing career affords my family.

But what is less evident in this system are the less tangible resources that it takes to raise children – and paramount in this diagram is the required emotional support. Everyone needs emotional buttressing: and as a single mom I must consciously find ways to get that support in order to fill my own emotional well, a topic I explored on the blog of LauraVanderkam.com. Laura’s new book is What the Most Successful People Do at Work: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Career, out Tuesday.

Never miss an offer or update.

Just pop in your name and email and be the first to find out what WealthySingleMommy is up to!

No B.S. I will never sell your contact info.

3 thoughts on “On the single mom to-do list: Hang out with adults

  1. I really enjoyed reading your post and appreciate your website name so much! I am a 46 year old single working mom and have been on my own for almost ten years. I left my ex-husband when my daugher was 11 months old and my son was 3. It wasn’t an easy decision but knew it had to be done because I wanted to be happy and make a happy life for myself and my children. I felt liberated when I made the decision and knew I had support from friends and family and have never looked back.

    Thank you for such an honest expression of your story, I share many of the same stories and look forward to creating many more in the future.

    1. Thanks for this – I hear again and again how women make the decision to leave fulfilling or toxic marriages to find happiness for the whole family. I think it is often these unhappy relationships with good people that are the hardest to leave, because there isn’t an overt reason of abuse, addiction, etc., to justify it.

What do you think? Please comment!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *