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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My kid is an asshole. And your kid is an asshole, too.

This essay was originally published a year ago, and it is one of my favorites. Read through the comments — so many moms found it by googling “my kid is an asshole,” which tickles me to no end. I think of this post when I find myself tripped up with doubt over whether I should…

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,…

Who gets to call themselves a SAHM?

Last week I wrote this post on the absurd, six-figure salary assigned to the tasks of being a stay-at-home mom. By calling this number inflated I set off a spirited debate on my Facebook page and several other blogs around the web. The arguments were as-expected: lecturing about judging others, proclamations of equal effort exerted by…

Men should pay on first dates. End of story. Here's why:

Ok, sure, I'm a know-it-all. But sometimes it takes me a while to figure out exactly why I'm right. For a whole long time I've been writing about how men should pay on first dates. I have long accepted this as fact, but I have been so, so conflicted about why that is so. After…

Dating can be therapy (or how I figured out I have a yen for men with addictive personalities)

Standard-issue advice on post-divorce dating is to date around before you settle down again. All the usual reasons: Don’t make any life-altering decisions in the midst of chaos. Don’t throw your children into another relationship too soon. Etcetera. My own dating taught me another important reason: If you date a whole bunch, and you pay…

Feminist fix: How can we expect men to pay on dates then divorce them when we earn more?

The longer I'm on this planet the more I think we might all be better served if we give up our pursuits for gender equality, revert to exaggeratedly traditional gender roles and call it a day: He hunts (or runs a private equity fund, whatever), she has babies and cooks (oversees the full-time nanny, brings…

I have a Madonna/Whore complex about being a working mom and you do, too. But that is OK.

  No one is prouder of being a professional mom than me. My career is not only critical for my family's survival, it is also an enormous part of myself — intellectually, socially and creatively. I believe that it is normal for women to be financial contributors to their households. It is natural to rely…

Why you should sell your diamond engagement jewelry, and how to do it

I really don't care if you are widowed, divorced, jilted at the alter or pining after your ex. Sell your engagement jewelry. It took me several years to unload my own 24-carat Turkish gold engagement ring and matching band, but I am so glad I did. I'd kept it in the safe in a closet,…

Dating advice from my cat

About a year ago, the kids and I got a shelter cat, Gala. Right from the start this ginger-colored feline was completely polite — nary a potty accident, clawed furniture or scratched child. After a half-day hiding under my bed, she started hanging out where ever we hung — but rarely interacting: lounging on the…

12 things never to say to a single mom on a first date

We all say dumb stuff on dates. Especially first dates when everyone is self-conscious and sussing out someone new. But there are some things that you just do not say to a single mom on a first date, assuming you’re angling for a second. Here are 12: 1. “That’s great your mom lives in town…

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