Single Mom Spectrum

Single Mom Spectrum

I heard on the internet that the other day was National Single Parent Day. I celebrated by continuing my job as a single parent. I’ve been a single parent since my child was about 2 years old. When I say “single parent,” I become glaringly aware of...
How Motherhood Can Be Misperceived

How Motherhood Can Be Misperceived

Years ago I worked in a day care center in the toddler room. I would see kids come in, hair like a bird’s nest, shirts on backwards, needy before nap-time and I would make judgments like, How hard is it to just take a few minutes to brush that kid’s hair? Of course,...
Bye Bye Birdie: Building a New Nest

Bye Bye Birdie: Building a New Nest

Here it is Monday, February 15, 2016 and in exactly 24 hours I will be bawling buckets of tears as my fourth, and youngest child boards the airplane, which will fly him to his future. My almost 20-year-old, my baby, is leaving the nest. My nest. I am not really sure...
Forgiveness Makes Room for Love

Forgiveness Makes Room for Love

It is a wintery, quiet day as I sit here thinking about the concept of forgiveness. Questions fall like little snowflakes and yet there are few answers. In my head, the concept of forgiveness is almost akin to sewing up an old wound with love and finally allowing that...
5 Ways to Plan a Better Split Family Holiday

5 Ways to Plan a Better Split Family Holiday

This text came through from my son’s father in June: Christmas is mine this year. I want [our son] overnight on Christmas Eve and all-day Christmas.  My first thought was: Wow, isn’t it a little early for that kind of planning? Then I felt relieved and...
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