Dating and being a single parent

I always feel refreshed after a night on the town and super-excited to resume my mommy duties.Talking about the absent parent hurts every time Raising a baby and toddler alone is a lot different than parenting an inquisitive five-year-old whose friends have moms and dads who either live together, or are both involved.Child support usually helps with basic costs, plus medical and work-related childcare, but extra expenses always come up: Little League registration, your child’s birthday party, tickets to a play.

Nobody should be forced to be single, but being forced by circumstance or social pressure to be in a relationship is just as bad for some people.

But be warned: It’s important not to become a recluse, or to feel sorry for yourself.

Just get used to planning ahead to get out (and you _absolutely _should get out)!

Truth is, I feel like an awesome mom knowing my kid has a college fund, and that it's partially because I’m rocking a bag from two (or three? Got to love a (Broadway Books, 2009), a memoir about starting her journey as a single mom.

She’s a market editor-at-large, and has been a contributor to several parenting publications.


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