Starter Home, Starter Marriage

Illustration by Dori Hartley Apparently, my house has realized that the girls and I will be leaving it sooner rather than later. ...I did not expect my washing machine -- or my mortgage -- to outlast my marriage.

On Single Life, Sickness and Safety Nets

Illustration by Dori Hartley I wake up just before dawn with a sledgehammer headache. Aghhh. I mince to the bathroom, head...Where can single parents find support?

Tips for a Future Stepdad Who Doesn't Know a Lot About Girls Yet

Watch This Video and Take Some Tips On Co-Parenting From AdviceMama
Illustration by Dori Hartley When it comes to love, I've always...
Before entering our castle, this prince best take our advice.

Mommy Is Dating After Divorce: Do Tell, Do Ask

Illustration by Dori Hartley "So ... did you KISS him?" My inquisitor is my 7-year-old daughter. The Spanish Inquisition could...I want my daughters to know their mama is not just a mama.

Divorced? Follow This One-Step Co-Parenting Plan

Divorce doesn't mean you can't still work together for your children. Illustration by Dori Hartley This month, I've learned about...
Learn the golden rule for co-parenting. It's simple, but it ain't easy.

Temper Tantrums: Mama Don't Play That Game

When temper tantrums hit, this mom doesn't back down. Illustration by Dori Hartley
It's one of those mornings. I try not to take...
There is no negotiating with a first-grade terrorist. One must be prepared to make a spectacle.

Young Lady, You Look Like a Brick Poopyhouse

What do you do when you realize your children are acting just like you did as a kid? Illustration by Dori Hartley Recently, Daughter...Sometimes it takes orange hair to get parents to set boundaries.

My Inner 8-Year-Old Thinks I'm a Rock Star

Keep on rockin' in the me world. Illustration by Dori Hartley At 8, I assumed I had plenty of time. Plenty of time to get it all...What would your kid-self think of your grown-up self?

Greater Than or Less Than? Dating as a Single Mother

When you're dating as a single mother, it's about the kids, too. Illustration by Dori Hartley
I'm not dating anyone right now. ...
If there's one thing I've learned from my relationships, it's that ignoring my intuition is a slippery slope.

My Family Is Broke, but Not Broken

Fairy Godmother, where are you? Illustration by Dori Hartley My daughters and I make our way down the Walmart frozen food and cereal...This mom might not have much money, but that doesn't mean she isn't rich in family.

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