single parenting 

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...

The upside of single parenting

Two years ago, I expressed ignorant amazement to a friend of mine, a single Mother with a little girl. "I don't know how you do it," I said. I had just had Nolan, and the duties of new parenthood were fraying the very fibre of my soul. I was barely h...

Learning the man tasks

The windows are open on either side of our new home, and even though a breeze trickles through, it's hot. My hair is curling wet on my neck and my feet feel puffy. My Dad's perched up on a step ladder, his neck craned toward the ceiling, fiddling wit...

Dinner for two: take out is cheaper than the grocery store

I try to buy nutritious, healthy food and for the most part I think I do a pretty good job. Saturday night vat of Kozy Shack notwithstanding, I eat a diet fairly rich in fruit, vegetables, dairy, protein and whole grains. And while Nolan does eat the...

"Always Dad: Being a Good Father During and After Divorce"

Like a lot of fathers, Paul Madelstein took his divorce pretty hard. He had three kids, and after splitting with his wife, had to figure out how he could still be a dad even though he no longer lived with his children. There's a number of dads goi...

You get that from your mother

Before I had kids, I remember watching other people crowd around babies, proudly proclaiming that the kid had their uncle's nose, or their 2nd cousin Lilly's eyebrows, or -- oddly -- that he or she had a certain family member's personality. I found...

Parent vs. Parent: Married parenting

At the age of 18, I became a single parent. Raising Christy alone was by far the most difficult thing I have ever done. I loved being a mother, but I often felt lonely, stressed out and in way over my head. I had no social life and spent all of my da...

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