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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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“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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#LikeAMother Mother-daughter interview with my Helena, 8

  My favorite episode yet! Super-special guest today … my daughter, Helena. This 8-year-old gorgeous pickle and I have a mother-daughter interview: What it's like to be a kid of divorce What she thinks about her mom dating Why kissing in movies makes her so embarrassed My proudest and best memories of motherhood How she feels…
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Is your golden uterus making you a bad ex-wife and single mom?

Do you suffer from golden-uterus syndrome? Not sure? Maybe? Sometimes referred to as ‘maternal gatekeeping,' this is the act of a mother dictating a father's access and engagement with the children, a right presumed based on a woman's gender. This post by clinical psychologist Dr. Tara J. Palmatier, who specializes in working with men in…
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Single moms (and other strong women) need alpha males

The other night my single mom friend Sarah and I were IMing about how we prefer men who are aggressive in bed. “I'm the CEO of my entire life!” Sarah complained. “Do you know how hot it is to let someone else take over for 20 minutes?” “It's not just in bed – give me…
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11 things I don't give a $#!T about since becoming a single mom

I recently threw out the white plastic Pampers wipe box that I’ve had for the 4 ½ years I’ve been a mother. I had my last laugh about that stupid thing. See, when I was pregnant and getting Helena’s nursery together, I searched far and wide for the least visibly offensive wipe box. After all,…
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Why you can't afford to ignore your credit during divorce

Credit scores are one of the most critical finances pieces of recovering financially from a divorce. Credit scores are also one of the most overlooked pieces of post-divorce, as I've found by communicating with thousands of my dear blog readers. I reached out to Gerri Detweiler, director of consumer education for Credit.com, and author of the free…
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The real reason your ex doesn't see the kids

One of the most common and heartbreaking topics I'm asked about is dealing with fathers who don't see their kids regularly. A recent caller to Like a Mother, had a typically devastating situation: Her 11 year-old-daughter's father would go months without seeing the girl, and instead spent all his time with his new girlfriend. When…
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Single moms (and their kids) miss out on one-on-one time

Thanks to a public school schedule that doesn't always jibe with the day care schedule, I've spent more one-on-one time with my kids in the past couple of weeks than since my youngest was born. It made me a little sad about being a single mother. Walking on the street holding the soft hand of…
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