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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? Read this post by clinical psychologist Dr. Tara J. Palmatier, who specializes in working with men in relationships with or are trying to exit relationships with abusive women, and author of Say Goodbye to Crazy: How to Get Rid of His Crazy Ex and Restore Sanity…
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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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How single moms can find affordable child care

  Babysitters and child care are the costliest part of parenting, and that burden is even steeper for single moms. Even if you figure out how to afford to work, getting out of the house like an adult-ass woman on the occasional evening can seem prohibitive. I hear from women every day who don't date,…
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I cried when I compared my life to a perfect family's but the joke was on me

Last month, as part of our big Midwestern roadtrip, my kids and I stayed for 10 days in a gorgeous five-bedroom turn-of-the-century lake house in northern Michigan, a home swap with the older couple who live there and, in turn, stayed at my apartment in Queens. The kids and I drove more than six hours…
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Time apart as a divorced family makes for better conversations and stories

  I pick my kids up at the airport in a few days after three weeks apart — them in Crete with their dad, me in Copenhagen where I've been hanging out, working and having a pretty amazing time. I was so sad for the first days apart, and have missed them so much. As I…
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A long-term marriage is just one adventure in life I want to experience

I'm going to be 39 this year. Round that up, and I'm basically 40. Which is middle-aged. I'm not going to pretend like I'm reveling in that, or even that I don't care. I'm none too thrilled about getting older, the least of which is that my crepeing under-eyes, sagging chin and increasingly profound laugh…
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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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Can two straight single moms build a modern family together?

This originally ran in May, 2013, but I republished it now to celebrate the launch of  Single Mom Society the awesome new forum for professional single moms to  hang out, dish on divorce, kids, sex, dating, money, career — and make friends.  My best SMILF Morghan and I discussed buying a multifamily home together, and reaping…
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