Resources and advice for single moms



The Real Struggles of America’s Teen Moms

UPDATED August 1st, 2016 Their faces are on tabloid magazine covers at your local newsstand, and their exploits make for some of MTV’s highest ratings. They’re the stars of 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, and the media treats them like…

A Less Than Obvious Choice: My Path to Single Motherhood, Part 2

Editor’s note: In Part 1, Resa Barillas shared her experience learning about her pregnancy and breaking the news to her parents, with the help of her sister. It took me a little longer to muster up the courage to tell the father, but since…

Christmas & The Single Mom

Christmas can be a tough time for the single mom. The holidays can take a toll on any family with even a whiff of dysfunction (in other words, everyone). But as a single mom, this season has always been an unexpected minefield of situations…

How I Became a Single Mom at 23

Author's note: I haven't really discussed how I came to be a single mom at 23, partially because it's incredibly personal, but partially because there's still a bit of a stigma attached to stories like mine. I announced that I was pregnant…

No Shame in Feeding Your Children Using Food Stamps

I was at the supermarket checkout line when the cashier asked me if I wanted to make a donation for the needy. I would have liked to, but instead, I flashed my food stamps card and shook my head, saying: "I can't. This time, I'm the needy." The…

Boys and Wounds: A Cowboy's Guide to Raising Boys for Single Moms

In her latest installment of "A Cowboy's Guide to Raising Boys," writer Alisa Valdes realizes it's time to toughen up a little. It will come as little surprise to those who know me that I have long been just a tiny bit, well, over-reactive—especially…

A Guide for Single Moms Raising Boys

I'm a single mom to a ten-year-old boy. My son’s father is one of those “fun” dads that kids see mostly on the weekends- you know, the kind who is really great at playing video games and teaching the kid to beat-box, but not so great…