Blinging the Tree, Girl Style

Illustration by Dori Hartley "We don't have to add more bling to the tree," says my mother. "Uh, yes, we do," I say. "God gave the world Christmas trees for the express purpose of blinging. It's in Genesis. I'm sure of it." "It...Once, before the divorce, there was a papa bear here, decorating with us. Now, decorating the tree is a girls-only activity.

What, We're Poor?

Illustration by Dori Hartley "Are you poor?" One of my daughter's schoolmates recently asked her this question. Still thwacking about in my brain, the question is doing collateral damage, as I scurry around the supermarket. Pos...I believe poverty is the last great American taboo. It sure isn't the sort of thing one tweets about to friends, or "Likes" on Facebook. We use euphemisms consistently: A little strapped. Need to tighten our belts. Here in the U.S., our culture is still churning out lyrics from the classic American dream: You can be a success if you just want it badly enough! Pull yourself up by your bootstraps! Go back to school! Take any job! Get on TV! Write a children's book!

Single Parents: How to Create New Holiday Family Traditions

Kathy Kingston and her daughter, Noreen, began creating new holiday traditions when Noreen was a toddler. Credit: Kingston family photo
As a single mom, Kathy Kingston says she strives especially hard to create the magic of the holiday season for...
For many single parents, traditional holiday celebrations are a thing of the past, and they are trying to create new magical moments of peace and joy that bind their new version of family together.

Nervous Breakdown? When You're a Single Parent, That's Just Not an Option

Illustration by Dori Hartley
My 12-year-old daughter is finally at the age where, if I have to make a quick run to the store, I can leave her alone in the apartment with a modicum of confidence. She's got her phone, her common sense and plen...
When I leave, I say my "Single Parent Prayer," which sounds something like, "Please don't let me get killed while I'm outside. Or, at least, if I do get killed, let me come back from the dead to protect my child. Thanks."

How to Talk to Your Kids About Divorce

Let kids know you will always love them, despite the divorce. Credit: dno1967, Flickr
Divorce is not an easy time for any family, but studies have shown the period leading up to the actual divorce can be one of the hardest for kids. So, how h...

Sandra Bullock Isn't Alone - Celebrity Single Parents Abound in Hollywood

You're in good company, Sandra Bullock. From Sheryl Crowe to Minnie Driver to Ricky Martin, plenty of celebrities are balancing high-profile careers with single parentdom.

Catherine MacLellan Talks Parenting, Divorce and Cool Kids' Tunes

The songs of Catherine MacLellan may sound soft, but they carry a big emotional wallop. The Prince Edward Island-born singer/songwriter has been compared to Joni Mitchell. She shares with that legendary performer an expressive and lyrical sensibilit...

Fatherless Son Angry That Half-Brother Has A Dad

Dear AdviceMama, I have two sons, 14 and 8. The 14-year-old is from a previous marriage -- his father abandoned him. The younger one's father is around although we are not married. I found the older was getting aggressive towards the younger one b...

Part-time parents have it tough

After more than twenty-five years in the business, the shine is definitely off the industry in which I've toiled for so long. And yet, I go to work every morning and trudge through the day, not taking off for Botswana to bum around in an old Land Rov...

Blogger looks for sperm donor online

These days, you can get just about anything on-line. Apparently, "just about anything" includes a sperm donor. I don't know how legitimate this is, but given the purchases made by the Golden Palace Casino, and the recent auctions for young women's vi...

Ricky Martin is a dad to twin boys!

Ricky Martin made himself famous with his song Livin' La Vida Loca, which means "living the crazy life." Martin has traded in one kind of crazy life for another... that of a dad. Instead of singing pop songs in front of thousands, he'll be crooning l...

Once you're a parent, can it ever be OK to leave?

I'd heard of the blog Petite Anglaise before, likely from scanning through the blog rolls of parenting blogs I do read everyday. But I hadn't really devoted any time to getting to know it, until a friend told me: Petite diarizes her life as a single ...

Hitting my stride as a single mom

Over the course of my nearly fourteen year union with my ex-husband I dabbled in single motherhood a number of times. The efforts lasted anywhere from three weeks to 18 months. It was as if after a certain amount of time the ails that plagued our rel...

Documenting the journey of single parenthood

The self-doubt of single parenting can be overwhelming. It's one of those things: like the death of a close family member, a cherished friend -- the piercing pain can't be fathomed until it's experienced in full, living colour. For me, the questions ...

Finding my spirit

Those who know me best have delicately suggested that I haven't been myself lately. Probably, maybe, that I haven't been myself for several months. It's been a rough year, a time of transition, take care of yourself. It's a familiar refrain. Yet I fe...


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