Category Archives: Single Parenting/Divorce

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 […]

Hollywood’s Single Parents: Real or Really Wrong?

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Is it just me, or have single moms come into their own in Hollywood – or, dare I say, are in vogue in our celebrity-crazed world? Solo parenting is nothing new, but being a single mom seems to be one of Tinsel Town’s latest hooks in promoting a star’s career instead of the moral outrage […]

The View From Here

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I wasn’t sorry that all I wanted was a traditional, old-fashioned family life, yet I constantly found myself apologizing not only for having it, but also for not trying to change it. It was enough for me. It was fun and fulfilling and left me wanting little if anything at all. And yes, I wore […]

Supermarket Epiphany

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Everyone was right. My kids did deserve to grow up with a mother who was happy. And I was. I was happy with my wonderful kids and my circle of French-manicured girlfriends, latte clutches, wine times and PTO. Who wouldn’t be? Our newly decorated four-bedroom Tudor was tucked neatly into an old oak tree lined […]

The Story of Alicia and Mary

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The alarm clock buzzed, and Alicia rolled over in bed with a groan. 7:30; the start of a brand-new day. Perhaps today would go better than yesterday. She’d been late for work and had sent off one of her children to school with a slight fever. She hadn’t wanted to…but one more missed day of […]

It Works For Us

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It didn’t hit me until I was confronted with it in of all places, an overly long line in a Wal-Mart. I was impatiently waiting for the line to move on and for my mother to return from picking up the few items she had forgotten, when someone behind me said my name. When I […]