#LikeAMother Writing new rules for love, parenting and non-traditional family: Tanya Van Court

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What is family?

Of course, you can define family any way you like — as the seismic shift created by gay marriage, a now-minority percentage that ‘traditional’ nuclear families constitute in this country, and the booming numbers of unmarried mothers.

Tanya Van Court has lived her whole life outside of the ‘traditional’ nuclear family — starting when her then-39-year-old black single mom of five married a white, single 25-year-old colleague, who then assumed fatherhood of the whole brood, including Tanya. In this episode Tanya recounts her mother’s death when the girl was 6, her aunt’s adoption of Tanya and her five siblings, the racial stirrings of Oakland, Calif. at the time, and her own, revolutionary, “happy divorce” she enjoys with her kids’ dad today.

Oh! There’s more! This former marketing ex at ESPN, Nickelodeon and Discovery, and now CEO and founder of the amazing saving app for kids, iSow, shares her about the latest chapter of her new family story: Van Court, who lives in Brooklyn where she co-parents her two young kids, has a partner who lives in New Jersey and co-parents his daughter.


Tanya is beyond delightful, raw and vulnerable in sharing her remarkable journey of understanding and living the definition of life, family, mothering, partnership and love on your own terms.

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Are you like me and hate all kinds of kid crap in your house? Cringe around your kids’ birthdays and the holidays? Download iSow, which allows kids to set savings goals, and share them with generous loved ones who can help contribute to paying for camp, buying a special toy, musical instrument, or investing. Teaches the kids personal finance, good saving and budgeting habits, and the real value of money. Yay!


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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.

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