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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…

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…

Stop telling me it's hard to be a single mom

The next time you see a black person on the street, approach him or her and say: “Oh my gosh! I don't know how you do it! It must be so hard to be black!” What's that you say? No way? Makes you feel uncomfortable? Rude? Scared?  Welcome to my world. I frequently meet strangers…

Parenting is not always harder as a single mom

I recently listened in fascination as a married shared her experience of parenting while her husband was away for a 10-day business trip: She gets more hugs since the kids' affection is not divided by two. She is a more fun parent than normal, stepping into the role her husband typically plays. The kids are…

Your kid is a picky eater and it's a really big deal

I got a lot of pushback for this post. I want to add this: I appreciate that kids are kids. Every person has personal preferences and tastes — especially kids' tastes — change and evolve. While my daughter is an award-winning eating champ, my son is less so. He has a smaller appetite, and is…

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