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Every day I hear from a mom who is facing single motherhood– either she is considering divorce, found out she is pregnant but not in a relationship, or is barreling down the road to single motherhood by some other force. Others have been at this game for a while and could use some support.

I hear questions like:

How will I make ends meet?!

I am so worried my kids will have a rotten childhood – what can I do?! 

How will I ever have the career of my dreams now?! 

Will I be broke forever?!

How do you get through the day!? 

Will I ever find love again?! What about SEX?!

How can I get some alone time?!

Exercise? What's that?! 

I'd LOVE to find time with some friends, but, well … how?! 

I can't get over the idea that my life is going to suck from now on. I can hardly get out of bed. Help?

These questions both warm and break my heart. They warm my heart because they are so familiar — I have felt and said each and every one of these things — as has every other single mom. In that common experience I find so much comfort.

I also weep a little each time I get one of these emails or Facebook messages. Again, these feelings of overwhelm and despair are so painfully familiar.

The good news is that you are normal. More good news: You're not alone. Even MORE good news?! You not only will get through this moment, but you will thrive on the other side.

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Here is what reviews say about The Kickass Single Mom:

“It's high time that mothers, just like all women, are embraced and supported to access the power of their sensual truth. In her new book, The Kickass Single Mom, Emma Johnson takes a fierce stand for removing the shame and stigma around motherhood, sex, pleasure and power.”
Regena Thomashauer, New York Times Bestselling Author of Pussy: A Reclamation, and Founder of The School of Womanly Arts

“The Kickass Single Mom is a much-needed roadmap for the 10 million U.S. single moms to achieving their goals and creating an abundant and happy future for themselves and their kids. Emma Johnson’s writing is smart, researched and hilarious at the same time.”
—Jean Chatzky, NBC Today, HerMoney Podcast

“This book is like having a stand-up comic, high-priced divorce attorney, no-nonsense mentor and perfect best friend by your side as you make the same trek Emma Johnson did: from alone and scared to happy, wealthy and sexy. Emma's work is a new movement that re-brands single moms for what they really are: competent, capable, sensual, solvent, loving, lovable, and, of course, kickass!”
—Lenore Skenazy, founder of the book and blog Free-Range Kids

“All the single mommies! Get your hands up and get a copy. This book is raw, real, and mandatory reading for the 10 million-plus single moms and the friends and family who love them. Single mom superhero Emma Johnson is re-defining what it means to fly solo with kids — and lookout. She has heard it all, makes no excuses, and pulls no punches in fighting to empower her tribe of single moms.”
Bobbi Rebell, Author of How to be a Financial Grownup: Proven Advice from High Achievers on How to Live Your Dreams and Have Financial Freedom.

“Woah! What an awesome read. I could not put this book down! Every single mom — or woman considering single motherhood — MUST read The Kickass Single Mom! Emma's book provides all the financial tools solo moms need to create the positive mindset shifts required to thrive — no matter what your family looks like. The Kickass Single Mom is the seminal book to elevate the ‘single mom' status, once and for all.”
— Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche 

“This incredibly honest and raw book is absolutely motivating and inspiring! For those of us who regularly take time to wallow in self pity, this book gives us that kick in the pants that we sometimes need to keep on truckin'! I love that Emma has NO TIME for laziness and advocates SELF reliance instead of the crippling dependence on child support and alimony. Take charge of your own lives, ladies and don't wait for someone else to control you with money! Thank you, Emma for helping to redefine what it means to be a single mother and dispel the ridiculous taboo than has gone along with it for too long. You may want to keep this book away from the married mamas out there or there could be a surge in divorces! haha!!” — Traci Orticelli

“Thank you, thank you, thank you Emma for sharing your story and inspiring ALL moms to be their best selves. Reading your book is like getting a pep talk from a funny, frank friend who gives you the kick in the pants you need to stop feeling mom guilt and letting out-of-date stereotypes hold you back. You give women the courage to go from surviving to truly thriving.” — Cameron H. 

“This book approaches the singlemomhood from a whole different, positive perspective and destroys the old and negative *victim* image of the single mom. The book is encouraging single moms to be set ambitious goals, be it professionally, financially, personally, and take up full responsibility for their own lives. About dating, the author says: ‘there is nothing shameful about a mother dating. You are an adult with romantic, emotional, social and sexual needs.Embracing this fact is great for you and great for your kids.' The book is full of useful tips and tricks about finance, life style, outsourcing, importance of community, co-parenting, self-care, dating, being a model to your kids. I recommend any single mother to read this book very carefully.” —

“This book should be mandatory reading for all mothers, single or not! I always knew there were other successful, professional, high-earning single moms out there, but Emma puts names and faces to them, including her own. Her book is proof that being a single mom isn't the stereotype that so many want to believe it is. We are not victims, but smart, capable, empowered women who have chosen to take control of all aspects of our lives – professional, financial, and personal. Her perspective on shared/equal parenting is one both married and single moms (and dads) need to hear. Emma and her story (that she so eloquently shares) has truly become the representative image for what single moms can and should be, and her book will either confirm you are on the right path or inspire you to get there. I can't commend her enough for giving single moms the gift of her story, her advice, and her encouragement through this book. — KT 


“This is a ‘read-it-in-one-sitting’ type of book. I devoured it in one afternoon. As a long-time reader of Emma's blog I thought I knew what to expect, but this goes above and beyond. Emma has shared the intimate details of her story like never before and used her vulnerabilities and successes to powerful effect. Her triumph over the less than ideal circumstances that were thrust upon her throws down the gauntlet. It’s a challenge to all single mums to not allow themselves to be a victim of their circumstances, or of society’s idea of what a single mum can be. She’s lived and breathed it all – marriage breakdown, self-doubt, negativity, financial insecurity – and come up stronger and way more fabulous.

I'm a single mother by choice (or as I prefer to say single by chance, mother by choice) and while much of the book focuses on becoming a single mum after a relationship breakdown, I could still relate to everything she said because no matter the path you travelled to single parenting it can easy to feel ‘less than’. And there are lessons in their for EVERY woman about work, productivity, financial independence and the dangers of being reliant on a man for your long-term financial security. I'm raving about this book everywhere I go!” — Emma S. 





About Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson is a veteran money journalist, noted blogger, bestselling author and an host of the award-winning podcast, Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. A former Associated Press Financial Wire reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour,, U.S. News, Parenting, USA Today and others. Her #1 bestseller, The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), was named to the New York Post's ‘Must Read” list.Emma regularly comments on issues of modern families, gender equality, divorce, sex and motherhood for outlets like CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, CNBC, NPR, TIME, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Doctors. She was named Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web,” “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and a “Most Eligible New Yorker” by New York Observer.A popular speaker, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality. Read more about Emma here.


  1. Diane on July 18, 2016 at 6:43 am

    What a great idea! Wish you’d been around some 30 years ago. I’m curious ~ do you include retired single Moms whose children are long out of the household? Or is there a different group for us? At any rate, I’ll be sharing your group ~ it’s a fabulous idea.

    • Emma on July 18, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Sure, you’re welcome though 99% of the members have kids at home

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