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Happy birthday to my SMILF BFF (and why every single mom should play pool)

This was originally published Nov. 19, 2012. I'm republishing it today to honor the launch of Single Mom Society, the only forum created for professional single moms to connect, support one anther and create real friendships. It was inspired largely by my friendship with Morghan, which sustained me through a whole lot of good and…
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5 friends every single mom needs

If you're facing single motherhood – whether by divorce, choice or happenstance, you need support. All the freaking support you can get. The key in this new phase of life is to be strategic in choosing who your support system is. I'm not saying ditch all your old friends, or be a snob. But maybe you…

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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Open letter berating myself about my holiday nonsense

I wrote this single mom holiday letter to myself last year and I am very proud to say that nearly all my shopping is done and the Christmas cards did not require a rush-fee! Also: there are five bottles of wine (and a couple six-packs of decent beer) still awaiting their fate as hostess gifts,…

I'm hosting Thanksgiving dinner for 10 in my NYC apartment and it will be low-stress. Here's how:

  Update — I wrote this post last year. This year the guest list is about 10 — plus some pre- and post-dinner drive-bys — and the Brussels sprouts will have lots of bacon.  I've hosted Thanksgiving dinner for the past few years and it's always a good time. Guests include a mix of friends and family,…

Should wives stay thin for their husbands?

A friend was telling me of her new diet and plans to lose 20 lbs. “I told Jack (her husband of 10 years), ‘I'm so sorry I got fat since we married!'” From everything I can tell, their relationship is thriving, but my friend has a deep-rooted sense that she has an obligation to make…

8 rules for friends with benefits for single moms

I'm not fond of the term “friends with benefits.” I prefer, “Someone I'm sleeping with,” or “a lover.” My terminology suggests what people have been doing since God created penises and vaginas: Enjoying each other sexually and romantically without any social commitments. When all parties are evolved adults, it can be a very satisfying arrangement. But…
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I had a single mom vacation by myself and it was awesome

As I've mentioned, my kids are in Europe with their dad for more than two weeks. Everyone kept asking what special things I was going to do with all my free time. I had a long list of friends I hoped to see, work and home projects that had gone unattended to, and for the…

Single mom summer travel guide

From Roadtrip 2013 with Grandma in Milwaukee. What's your best (or most hilarious)  roadtrip story? This weekend I'm coordinating my family's second annual road trip. Last year I defied all naysayers and enjoyed a 10-day driving vacation to see family and friends. No one barfed in the car, maimed anyone or peed in a bed (though there…

More on putting your kids second — behind everything else?

Last week I wrote a about how single parents need to put their kids behind romantic interests. I've been thinking about how important that is, and to even take it a few steps further. Make that decision now and express it to potential mates–guys who are likely concerned that should they get involved with you,…

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