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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…

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…

4 ways to encourage your kids' intuition

There is an elderly man in my neighborhood who my kids and I frequently run into. I find him hilarious. Always freshly shaved and dapperly — if quirkily — dressed, he makes sure to wear some token symbol of his apparent Irish ancestry: a kelly-green shamrock-spotted ascot, for example. Or a shamrock plastic pin on…

I'm a single mom going on a 10-day road trip with two preschoolers and it will be awesome

I am writing this from a plane with my kids on the way from our NYC home to Chicago, where we will spend two weeks visiting friends and family, and the places where I grew up in a small town in Northern Illinois. This pilgrimage Tomorrow morning I leave on a 10-day road trip with…

As a single mom I am totally non-traditional. Which is why I'm attracted to an unusally traditional man.

Lou says he'll buy me a Cadillac if I have his baby. “That's ridiculous!” I say. “A Cadillac is so not my style!” “That's the rule! You have an Italian baby, you drive a Cadillac,” he says, flashing that killer smile. We're joking. We're not even seriously dating. But there is truth in every joke.…

Divorced people enjoy more friendships – and marrieds should take note

I often hear from single moms who say they have more friends now than when they were married. That is a) great for us, and b) a sorry commentary on the current state of marriage. Study after study find that friendships are key to happiness. Unfortunately, the current marriage model can discourage these critical relationships.…

Women must be financially independent to thrive

  He who has the gold makes the rules. –Anonymous (who was she?) You cannot choose to be financially dependent on a man and also call yourself a feminist. The past decade has been a hotbed of debating the merits of the stay-at-home mom, how to achieve work-life balance and create workplaces that embrace family.…

My brother yelled at my kids and I loved it

Last week my younger brother Josh was hanging out at my place. He and his longtime girlfriend Susan live in an apartment on the floor below mine, and we see them a couple times each week. Like me, Josh also works in media, and we love to talk business. While sitting on the couch chatting…

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