Why single moms have to live awesome lives


This morning when my kids were getting ready for school, my daughter Helena, 8, passed through my room as I worked at the computer.

“Mom, you know what I like about you?” she said. “When you’re working you only pay attention to your work. You are so focused.”

“Well,” I said. “That is because I really love what I do, and I want you to do something you’re passionate about, too.”

“I KNOW, MOM!” she said.

“I also want you to do something that helps other people.”

“I know. When I read your blog, in the comments sometimes moms say you helped them.”

Ladies, take risks. Be your best self. Your kids are watching.


Do you show your kids your best self? Hold yourself back? Have your kids shown appreciation for you doing your thing, strutting your stuff? Share in the comments! 






Emma Johnson is a veteran money writer, 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, Oprah.com, REAL SIMPLE, Parenting, USA Today and others.

The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest Self, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children (Penguin, 2017), was a #1 bestseller and was featured in hundreds of media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, Oprah.com and the New York Post, which named it to its ‘Must Read” list.

Her popular blog Wealthysinglemommy.com, and podcast Like a Mother, explore issues facing professional single moms: business and career, money, sex, relationships and parenting. Emma regularly comments on these topics for outlets such as CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, CNBC, NPR, TIME, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine, Woman’s Day, The Doctors, and many more. She was named Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web,” one of “20 Personal Finance Influencers to Follow on Twitter” by AOL DailyFinance, “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and “Most Eligible New Yorkers” by New York Observer.

A popular speaker on gender equality, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality.

Emma grew up in Sycamore, Ill., and lives in New York City with her children.

3 thoughts on “Why single moms have to live awesome lives

  1. My daughter often emulates what I do without realizing it. Being a teen now, she really doesn’t want to act like me…LOL! But it’s in those small moments where I see that she is really paying attention and is appreciative of all that I’m teaching her and showing her. So, absolutely, we must live well and we must live with joy! I don’t want to pass down any negativity to my daughter. I want her to see in me that life is what we make it and I choose to make it wonderful for us. Great post!

  2. This is so true! I hit rock bottom about 9 months ago when my husband of 20 years left me without warning (on Thanksgiving Day :) !). One of the things that kept me going was to show my kids my best self during a super challenging time. I am proud of myself and the example I set during those most difficult months. I exercised, ate healthy, surrounded myself with what I call “iron” people, prayed and turned to my church. I wrote down (and still do) every day that I forgive my husband and 1 thing I’m thankful for. I also cried …. a lot. The reward? My 14 year old wrote 3 of the most amazing poems about me and my strength and my example. I also have discussions with my 2 teenage girls and 8 year old son that go like this – “I know one day you will go through a crisis. I hope you have watched how I have handled this and what I have turned to during this time.”

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