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Negotiations (Love Songs Optional)

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I know this is going to come as a shock to all of you, but let me state for the record: Parenting is hard. It’s exhausting, troubling at times, and purely a pain in the ass at others. Oh, sure, there’s joy to be found somewhere in between those crying spells (yours, not your child’s), […]

Weird and Exciting

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A few months ago I wrote about my relationship with my boyfriend, “J.” On Valentine’s Day he became my fiancé, and while my days of writing as a single Imperfect Parent are numbered, I couldn’t be happier. In the month since we’ve been engaged I’ve discovered that wedding planning is a bit different this time […]

Of Lice and Men: A Tale of Big-Little Proportions

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One pearl of wisdom I’ve learned since striking out on my own is that while divorce was a rather big, traumatic deal in my life, it seems it’s more often the little things that can really make or break my day. Tiny gestures of love from a child like an unexpected hug, acts of kindness […]

Positive Parenting for Ann Coulter

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There are two words sure to make the dyed blond hairs on the back of Ann Coulter’s neck stand on end. Liberal Democrat? No, that’s redundant, more like one word. President Obama? No, but a good guess. I’m talking about two words that categorize over ten million people in this country. No, not the number […]

Mom has a Boyfriend (duh!)

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Six months ago I began dating the most wonderful man who I’ll call “J.” (It’s his first initial and I’m creative like that.) Prior to meeting J. I had 5 years of post-divorce dating on my resume – online dating, speed dating and blind dates galore – but only one experience had come close to […]

Lose the E-X-P-E-C-T This Holiday Season

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With Thanksgiving behind us already, the holiday season’s in full swing. It’s not an easy time for any parent, but for single parents it often involves extra shopping carts of planning, paying and praying in an attempt to make a child’s holiday The. Best. Day. Ever. In my five plus years as a single parent […]

Single Parent Dating: Scary-Silly Season All Year ‘Round

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About 3 months after my divorce I did something scary: I started thinking about dating again. You know, the kind of dating that, in my mind, involved many eligible suitors (read: hot-looking, mentally stable and gainfully employed with 401(k)s) donning eager smiles just for me and lots of candlelit wooing. About five months after these […]

Does One Label Fit All?

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Maybe I’m the only single parent who wonders this at times, but am I really a single mom? Do I have the right to call myself one? Sure, I have two kids. I happen to be divorced and not yet remarried. I’m single. I’m a mother. Technically, the label fits. I’m just not sure I’m […]

The ABCs of Single Parent Survival

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My children are set to start another school year. You know what that means. No, not a frantic dash to Target for new pencil cases and backpacks. It’s the time of year when single parents everywhere need to do a little back-to-school shopping for themselves. So, I offer you the ABC’s of my single parent […]

Brides, Boys and Bellyaches

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I always knew single parenthood would have its challenges, but I never imagined it would make me ill. Not ill-ill, thankfully, just a queasy kind of ill whenever certain subjects come up in our house. You know, like love, marriage and dating. The first time my daughter, who I’ll call “Drama Girl,” practiced the wedding […]