Remember to cherish

Currently, my daughter is shopping for clothing on-line, taking driver’s ed, and signing up for counselor-in-training sessions at her favorite summer camp. Fifteen and fabulous…where has all the time gone? Ten years of single parenthood can feel like thirty, or it can feel like an instant. Like when she trounces out the door to high…

What is My Real To-Do List?

A New List: Lists seem to be a big thing these days. Especially on sites about parenting. Most anything to do with parenting is bound to have a list somewhere displayed. The good news is that many of them are funny-a quick and easy way to get some levity in the often-mundane world of parenthood,…

10 Rarely-Discussed Perks of Single Parenthood

Achieving a healthy romantic partnership one day is the goal for many single parents. Someone to make dinners with, plan vacations alongside and of course, enjoy your child almost as much as you do. But let’s face it, happy relationships don’t come packaged for sale at the local grocers. You have to be patient, work…

Got Grit?

There are many negative things that are brought up in discussions about single parenthood, often by single parents themselves. But they can’t be faulted for needing to vent. After all, it is harder to parent alone. It is harder to manage home, vehicle, work and childcare by oneself. There are aspects to single parenthood that…

Gypsy Days

Home is where the heart is, but there are days my heart wants to roam. “Gypsy days,” I call them. When home is not so comforting and I feel tethered to the kitchen stove, the laundry basket, the child- that smaller version of me- pulling at my shirtsleeve, pant leg, heart-strings. Life squeezes into a…

Twilight

Parenting solo changes you over time, with new self-discoveries often realized years later. For me, twilight signifies one of those changes. In my youth, there was something sinister about the early evening- that hour just before nightfall when twilight stretches its fingers into the trees, the lawn, the windows and the front door. It used…