single parents 

We Saw Shamu! (Part II)

The life of a never-been-married, non-custodial parent is one of small increments. You raise the bar, up the ante, and give yourself increasingly demanding challenges until you finally feel like you're a real dad. Sea World, and it's heaving thron...

What makes a house a home

All of our stuff is in here now -- the living room furniture with the coffee-rim stain, old photographs and chipped dinner plates, handed down from my Mom, witness to hundreds of my well-intentioned dinner attempts. My laptop is in its familiar perch...

Driven by the fear of being a deadbeat

I was recently working on a project with another young dad, who also has a three-year-old daughter. We talked about traveling, missing our kids, and how -- especially at this age -- children seem noticeably older if you don't see them for a week. ...

$10,000 child support for another man's child?

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than a third of children born in the United States are born to unmarried parents. A 15-year old girl in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is one of those children and the state is trying to make Fra...

But Mommy lets me do that

When my child does something exceptionally manipulative, it bothers me a little. But secretly, I'm always impressed when she tries to reason her way out of punishment. For instance, I thought the following exchange demonstrated a considerable leap ...

Is marriage a luxury item?

If you are married with children, your are in the minority. Married couples with children now account for less than one in every four households in the United States. Researchers say marriage rates in general have declined over the past 20 years. ...

Battling the desire to acquire

I was a very young, very poor, single parent when my daughter Christy was growing up. We lived in a succession of tiny apartments, often sharing a bedroom. Making ends meet was my primary goal and I struggled every month to pay the rent and put food ...

Portrait of a working mom: The pick-up

As I may have mentioned before, my husband works a crazy, three-week shift rotation as an editor at a digital cable station. Out of every 21 days, he spends 7 nights in a row behind a desk, leaving me to single parent after I've worked a full day. (H...


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