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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.

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Public assistance helped this professional single mom get on her feet

I often struggle with this platform, where I speak primarily to women like me: Educated, professional single moms. The number of unmarried mothers is increasingly affluent and educated, as women gain power in business and earning. But the reality remains that about half of kids raised primarily by a single mom live in poverty (a figure plummets…
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better dad after divorce

Single dads are better dads (& control freak moms ruin fathers)

I’ve heard it time and again: While they they were married, he worked a bazillion hours, rarely helped around the house, barely made time for the kids and spent any free time or money doing whatever the eff he wanted. She was overwhelmed, angry, felt abandoned and worried – and the kids felt abandoned by…
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What to do if you are a mom paying alimony or child support

How to deal when you're a mom who pays child support or alimony

Increasingly, it is moms who pay their exes child support and alimony, and their vitriol about the matter is often far more acute than when payer and payee fall along traditional gender lines. Vanessa was stunned to learn that after her ex left her for a much younger neighbor, she had to pay him nearly $70,000 in alimony and…
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don't take alimony

Why you should never count on alimony

Nearly 400,000 divorced women receive alimony — a critical topic when considering post-divorce life, feminism, the pay gap, and women's empowerment — financial or otherwise. I feel very strongly that every single woman (indeed, 97 percent of people who get spousal support are women) should turn down any opportunity for alimony, aka spousal support, as…
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Where you live affects your ability to thrive as a single mom

This is what it's like to be a single mom in NYC

Here are some of the awesome things about being a single mom in New York City: Dating as a single mom in New York City  Nowhere in the world is there a higher concentration of interesting, successful, progressive men — many of them devoted dads. Men in NYC, more so than other parts of the…
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single mom buy home

Should you keep the house in divorce? What to do if you want the house

When I got divorced I kept the house. I had a lot going for me: my ex moved out, unannounced (which left me legally entitled to it), I had a job and good credit. Plus we had a lot of equity in the home and mortgage rates have been at an all-time-low, so it wasn't…
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mom stop taking child support

“My drive to get off child support led to insane career growth”

Erica, 32, a research biologist in Washington, D.C., is mom to a 3-year-old son (Erica asked I not use her last name). She sent me this email last week about how she stopped taking child support payments from her ex. So many lessons here. PLEASE READ! I have a three year old son, and his…
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coparenting rules ex cancels visits all the time and last-minute

When your kid's dad cancels visits, or shows up unexpectedly

One of single moms' most common frustrations — and by frustrations, I mean ENRAGEMENTS — is dads who don't stick to visitation schedules. This might man they fail to show up for scheduled visits, cancel at the last minute — or show up unannounced, or ask for last-minute visits, messing up your life and plans. Dads, if…
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How to tell a guy you are a single mom I haven’t told him I have a child

When should single moms tell a man she has kids?

This is a story about single-mom dating etiquette, but it is also about single moms cruising for men together.  Having kids is often a deal-breaker when dating. That is OK. When it comes to dating, the possession of offspring is right up there with bisexuality (in men), herpes, smoking, being a Republican, and refusal to…
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single mom date

“I'm too busy to date,” and 8 other lies single moms tell themselves about dating

When I was newly single, with an infant and toddler, I ran into a neighbor I'm friends with in the elevator. “He's moving out,” I said, barely holding back tears, the baby whimpering on my chest in a carrier, my daughter in the stroller between the middle-aged woman and me. “That's too bad,” she said.…
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