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Single Moms, Single Dads

Do you think single moms are glorified and single dads fall into the Mr. Mom caricature? Read what a real single dad has to say about all this in William McCloskey's guest appearance on Lisa Belkin's Motherlode blog at the New York Times.

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From Single Mom to Brady Bunch: Introducing the Kids to Your New Love Interest


This is the first in our series of articles about dating and mating for single moms. You can also join the single moms discussion in our MomTalk.com forums.



By Chris Grannis


Being a single parent can sometimes be lonely and it's a healthy sign when you feel re ... Continue reading From Single Mom to Brady Bunch: Introducing the Kids to Your New Love Interest

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Making a New Start as a Single Parent


By Diane C. Shearer, LMFT, CFLE


Being a single parent is tough work no matter what the circumstances, but suddenly finding yourself in the role of a single mom or dad after many years of being married is often a tremendous lifestyle shock and takes some getting used to. While married, we have a backup person in case something goes wrong in our tight s ... Continue reading Making a New Start as a Single Parent

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Single Parenting for the Holidays

Do more than just survive the holidays



by Katriena Knights


It's the ultimate family time--the holidays bring everyone together for meals, gift giving, catching up with relatives, showing off the kids--but your family isn't quite what it used to be. You're a single mom now, and all the usual family holiday traditions don't fit q ... Continue reading Single Parenting for the Holidays

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Refuse to Play the Games


By Diane C. Shearer, M.A., LMFT



Most single parents work very hard to physically provide for their kids, keep them emotionally stable, and help them to feel as normal as possible in a world that can be so complicated. It can sometimes feel futile, however, when the other parent seems to be sabotaging that good work. Parents who fail to pay child s ... Continue reading Refuse to Play the Games

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Mothering on Your Own

By Janette M. Ayd, Psy.D., LP, Ayd & Cavanagh Psychological Services, Minneapolis


The first single mother I knew was my grandmother. In 1932, when my father was 10 years old, his father, a fireman, went out on a call one day and never returned home. The pressure of a water hose went astray and my grandfat ... Continue reading Mothering on Your Own

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Survival Network: A proactive approach to stress



By Diane C. Shearer, LMFT, CFLE


Since the single parent lifestyle often involves a great deal of stress, it's absolutely imperative that single parents surround themselves with caring people who are interested in their success. This also means weeding out the negative relationships life which won't produce anything but a bad attitude and des ... Continue reading Survival Network: A proactive approach to stress

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Helping Your Child Manage Negative Emotions


Diane C. Shearer, M.A.


It is natural for parents to want to protect their children from experiencing feelings like sadness, anger, disappointment and frustration. Unfortunately, children of divorced and single parent homes often must contend with these negative feelings. If one parent isn't following through with promises, for instance, kids become disappointed. ... Continue reading Helping Your Child Manage Negative Emotions

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Common Sense Dating for Single Parents


By Diane C. Shearer, M.A., CFLE


Statistically, 75-85 percent of divorced parents remarry within five years after the divorce. That means dating is a fact that nearly all single parents will face, which can be a scary prospect, especially for those who had long-term marriages. Dating partners in the 30+ age group are likely to have children and to have had failed ... Continue reading Common Sense Dating for Single Parents

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What Happens When Mom Dates?: Good Enough Moms

Q: I'm a divorced woman in my late 40s and I have recently gotten into a pretty serious relationship with a man I met through a dating service. It's the first time I've dated since before I got married in my early 20s and I'm having a wonderful time. The problem is that my two daughters (ages 16 and 21) are very upset that I'm dating this man and keep warning me that he's going ... Continue reading What Happens When Mom Dates?: Good Enough Moms

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Risk Prevention for Single Parent Families

By Diane C. Shearer, M.A., CFLE


For years now, we have been hearing about the social statistics that tell us kids of divorce, or those who live in single parent homes, are prone to risky behaviors and circumstances, such as teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol use, or juvenile delinquency. Although the statistics are sobering and presumably accurate, the cause and effect is ... Continue reading Risk Prevention for Single Parent Families

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Am I Doing Okay?: Five Concepts That Define Single Parent Success

By Diane C. Shearer, M.A.


I regularly teach courses to single and divorcing parents, and I estimate that the most frequently asked question is "How can I be sure I'm doing everything I need to do for my kids?" There seems to be quite a bit of anxiety about whether or not parenting alone is good enough. My pat answer is usually this: trust your instincts and trust your l ... Continue reading Am I Doing Okay?: Five Concepts That Define Single Parent Success

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